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Keneally Confirmed to Lead Justice Department Tax Division

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The U.S. Senate confirmed New York attorney Kathryn Keneally as assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s tax division, where she will help run the crackdowns on identity theft and offshore tax evasion.

Keneally, a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, was President Barack Obama’s second choice after an earlier nominee, Mary L. Smith, was blocked by lawmakers. Keneally was among scores of nominees confirmed yesterday by the Senate for top government jobs. The Senate also confirmed Michael Horowitz, a Washington-based lawyer, as inspector general.