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Obama nominates cybercrimes expert to DHS

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Thursday announced plans to nominate a cybercrimes expert as the U.S. Homeland Security Department's next general counsel.

Obama announced plans to nominate Ivan Fong, a former deputy associate attorney general at the Justice Department, as the next general counsel for the Homeland Security Department.

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The announcement coincides with Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano's announcement of several key legal positions on her staff.

Fong, who currently works for Cardinal Health Inc. as chief legal officer and secretary, is the primary author of what Homeland Security Department officials say is a "groundbreaking" report on cybercrime policy titled "The Electronic Frontier: The Challenge of Unlawful Conduct Involving the Use of the Internet."

"Ivan's extensive private sector and senior government experience will provide invaluable counsel in managing the complex issues and important tasks we take on daily, and I look forward to the enthusiasm and expertise this accomplished team brings to the important missions of this department," Napolitano said in a statement.

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