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White House picks new cyber coordinator

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has chosen someone to lead its effort to improve the security of the country's computer networks.

President Barack Obama is expected to announce today that he's chosen former Bush administration official Howard A. Schmidt. Schmidt is a former executive with eBay and Microsoft and an expert in cyber security.

Schmidt's selection comes more than 10 months after Obama declared cyber security a priority and ordered a broad administration review.

Corporate computer security leaders have expressed frustration with the White House as selection process dragged on. And some potential candidates complained that the position lacks the budgetary and policy-making authority needed to be successful.

A senior White House official says Obama was personally involved in the process and chose Schmidt because of his unique background and skills.

Schmidt will report to the National Security Council and closely support the National Economic Council on cyber issues.

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