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FCC’S NEW GC At the Federal Communications Commission, John +Rogovin replaces Jane Mago as general counsel. Rogovin had been deputy general counsel. Mago moves on to head the FCC’s newly formed Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, which will focus on the FCC’s short- and long-term policies and ensure that the agency’s budget meshes with objectives and plans. It incorporates the FCC’s old Office of Plans and Policy, which was headed by Robert Pepper, who assumes the title of chief, policy development, and reports directly to the FCC chairman. — Jenna Greene THE FED’S RACE CARD The Federal Reserve has finalized rules that will allow creditors to collect information on applicants’ race or national origin. In 1976, the Fed barred creditors from inquiring about race (except in the case of mortgages) to prevent discrimination. The problem was, it also prevented creditors from examining the impact of their lending policies and practices on certain groups. Now, creditors can collect personal information from applicants to check whether their lending practices are in compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. The new policy takes effect April 15. — Jenna Greene ONLINE FOR BUSH Theodore Ullyot has been named an associate counsel to President George W. Bush. Ullyot, who started his new job in January, had been senior vice president and general counsel at AOL Time Warner Europe. Before that, Ullyot was a Kirkland & Ellis D.C. partner. In the 1990s, he clerked for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. — Jonathan Groner FROM DOJ TO EDVA David Laufman, chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, has stepped down to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia to focus on terrorism and national security issues. Before joining the Justice Department, Laufman, a one-time analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, was staff director and deputy chief counsel for the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control, an advisory group chaired by Thompson. Associate Deputy Attorney General Stuart Levey, former partner in Baker Botts’ D.C. office, is Thompson’s new chief of staff. — Vanessa Blum

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