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ACTION agency nominee survives foes in Senate

The Senate confirmed by voice vote the nomination of Thomas Pauken, a former Army intelligence officer, to head ACTION, the volunteer service agency that includes the Peace Corps. It also confirmed Loret Ruppe, the wife of a former Michigan congressman, to head the Peace Corps itself.

Mr. Pauken's nomination generated controversy because of his service as an Army lieutenant collecting intelligence in Vietnam dur ing the war.

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opponents warned that overseas volunteers could be endangered if the agency were identified with spying.