Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., also pledges to establish federal standards for the handling of coal ash.
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Move comes after report shows half of agencies failed to meet special reporting requirements in fiscal 2006.
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Observers say positioning Nancy Killefer within OMB is the right move.
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