WASHINGTON -- Kenneth J. Kies has been named the new chief of staff of the Joint Tax Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee said yesterday.

Kies, who will replace John Buckley, the current staff director, was selected jointly by Ways and Means chairman Bill Archer, R-Tex., and Senate Finance Committee chairman Bob Packwood, R-Ore., who under congressional rules share the duties of running the joint tax panel.

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