Bush to nominate new officials to fight terror financing

President Bush announced yesterday his intent to nominate Stuart Levey as undersecretary of the Treasury for enforcement to lead the new Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. Levey currently serves as principal associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department.

The president also plans to nominate Juan Zarate to be assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing. Zarate is Treasury's deputy assistant secretary for the Executive Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime.

The administration last week announced it would establish the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence last week by merging the Executive Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. The office will enhance intelligence and analysis by coordinating the three offices' functions and technological capabilities (Click for GCN.com story).

Levey previously was associate deputy attorney general and chief of staff to the deputy attorney general at Justice. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Before working at Treasury, Zarate was a prosecutor in Justice's Terrorism and Violent Crime Section. He also earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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