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Obama picks Bush adviser as cybersecurity czar

Post colleagues Ellen Nakashima and Debbi Wilgoren write about the White House's pick for new cybersecurity czar. Read the whole story here.

Seven months after President Obama vowed to "personally select" an adviser to orchestrate the government's strategy for protecting computer systems, the White House on Tuesday tapped a former Bush administration official for the job.

Howard A. Schmidt, who was a cyber-adviser in President George W. Bush's White House, will be Obama's new cybersecurity coordinator, an administration official said Monday night. A letter announcing the appointment was posted on the White House Web site early Tuesday.

By Cecilia Kang  |  December 22, 2009; 11:37 AM ET
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