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KINGS AND CHIEFS. Tom O'Donnell is now chief of staff for Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill. O'Donnell replaced Dennis King, a longtime Capitol Hill veteran who was chief of staff for former Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill., Hare's predecessor. O'Donnell, most recently chief of staff for Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., is a former Evans aide, as was Hare.

THE JOKER. Steve Miller has been appointed to head a nascent organization called the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a pro-coal industry organization that includes coal production, transportation, and energy technology companies. Miller, a lobbyist on energy and environmental matters, was president of Americans for Balanced Energy Choices, which merged with the Center for Energy and Economic Development to form the new coal group.

 

TAKING ACTION. According to the office of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., Press Secretary Rob Sawicki will leave Lieberman's personal office for a job as senior communications director for the Parkinson's Action Network. Sawicki started interning for Lieberman in 1997 and worked on his 2004 presidential campaign.

PRIVACY CONCERNS. Dan Caprio has been named to the Homeland Security Department's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Caprio is also president and CEO of DC Strategies and is an advisory council member for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. Caprio is a former chief privacy officer and deputy assistant secretary for technology policy at the Commerce Department. At Commerce, he also spent six years as chief of staff for former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle. On Capitol Hill, he worked for the late Sen. John East, R-N.C., former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, and Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.

This article appears in the April 26, 2008 edition of NJ Daily.

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