WASHINGTON (AP) _ A former aide to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was named chief of protocol at the State Department on Thursday.

Molly Raiser will be nominated for the rank of ambassador while serving in the job.

''Molly Raiser is an outstanding individual who has worked in a variety of ways to make our nation's capital a better place to live and to increase the participation of women in American politics,'' President Clinton said in a statement.

She served on Moynihan's staff from 1977-81 and has been active in a variety of civic causes.

Clinton also approved the appointment of Fred DuVal as deputy chief of protocol. Duval is a partner is the Arizona public affairs firm of Nelson, Robb, Duval & DeMenna, and directed the Clinton-Gore campaign in Colorado.