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Bush Names Choice For Agency's Hill Voice

President Bush has tapped Karen Johnson as his choice to lead the Department of Education's office that serves as a liaison to Capitol Hill.

President Bush has tapped Karen Johnson as his choice to lead the Department of Education's office that serves as a liaison to Capitol Hill.

Ms. Johnson is currently a vice president of social marketing and public affairs for the international public relations firm Porter Novelli, where she provides strategic public affairs and communications counsel. Mr. Bush has nominated her for the post of assistant secretary of education for legislation and congressional affairs. The office has been without a permanent leader since June 30, when Rebecca O. Campoverde left.

Before joining Porter Novelli, Ms. Johnson served as the assistant convention manager for public liaison at the Republican National Convention in 2000. She also was a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication.

Ms. Johnson's nomination must be reviewed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and approved by the full Senate.

—Michelle R. Davis

Acting Chief of NCES Announces Resignation

The head of the Department of Education's statistics agency will leave his post at the end of the year.

Gary W. Phillips, a civil service employee who has been the acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics since June 1999, announced last week that he will resign and go to work for the American Institutes for Research, said Dan Langan, a spokesman for the department.

Known as AIR, the Washington-based nonprofit organization conducts research on education, health issues, and business productivity.

Mr. Phillips in the past supervised the office that runs the National Assessment of Educational Progress. He replaced Pascal D. Forgione Jr., who left the position after the Clinton administration decided not to renominate him to another term. ("Renomination Blocked, Forgione to Depart," May 26, 1999.) President Clinton's candidate to fill the position was never approved by the Senate, and President Bush to date has not made a nomination.

—David J. Hoff

Vol. 22, Issue 12, Page 24

Published in Print: November 20, 2002, as News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
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