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President Bush has nominated former congressman Rob Portman to take the helm at the Office of Management and Budget.

Portman, who has been the U.S. Trade Representative for almost a year, would succeed Joshua Bolten, who last week took over as White House chief of staff.

Portman, a former six-term Republican representative from Ohio, left Congress in 2005 when Bush named him trade representative.

Bush also has nominated Paul Denett, a former director of the Office of Procurement and senior procurement executive at the Treasury Department, to be chief of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

If approved by the Senate, Denett would replace David Safavian, who resigned last September just before he was arrested on charges of obstructing a federal investigation and making false statements under oath.

Deputy OFPP administrator Robert Burton has been managing the agency since Safavian left.

Denett is vice president of contracting programs at ESI International of Arlington, Va., which provides contract and project management training.

Government Printing Office chief executive Bruce James has announced he will leave his post, saying he will formally step down when his successor is chosen.

James, who was appointed to the agency's top spot in 2002, is credited with steering GPO into a more fiscally sound and digitally driven organization.

The Transportation Security Administration has named Peter Pietra, the agency's assistant chief counsel for information law, to be its director of privacy policy and compliance.

TSA said the pending launch of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, Registered Traveler and Secure Flight programs highlight the increased workload and need for improved public communication about privacy policies.


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