Washington Daybook: Once More Into the Breach

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Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction before delivering her final speech as Secretary of State at the Council on Foreign Relations on Jan. 31, 2013 in Washington.

That shuffling sound you hear is Obama administration officials heading for the exits.

Hillary Clinton wraps up her stint as secretary of state today with a speech to department staff. She has said she’s not interested in seeking higher office, though few expect Clinton to recede from the Washington scene for long. Her replacement, John Kerry, is to be sworn in later today.

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz, who plans to leave his job for the private sector by Feb. 15, releases a staff report today on data privacy practices of mobile media companies. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who plans to depart his post as soon as a replacement can be found, will discuss the investigation of batteries on Boeing 787s at a Washington Airports Authority event.

And speaking of new jobs, the Labor Department issues employment data for January today, with U.S. employers expected to have hired about 165,000 workers, leaving the unemployment rate stuck at 7.8 percent, where it’s been since November.

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