Bush taps NTIA deputy to take over as chief

President Bush has nominated Michael D. Gallagher as the next administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Gallagher is the deputy assistant secretary for NTIA now and is a former deputy chief of staff and counselor to the Commerce secretary for policy. As assistant secretary of Commerce for communications and information, he would ascend to NTIA's top post.

'I believe Mike's vast experience in telecommunications policy will serve the department well, and I look forward to working with him on such critical issues as the deployment of broadband and management of our nation's airwaves,' Commerce secretary Donald Evans said in a statement.

If the Senate confirms him, Gallagher would succeed former NTIA chief Nancy Victory, who stepped down from the post earlier this month.

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