WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush has chosen Rep. Porter Goss, head of the House intelligence committee, to be the new director of the CIA, it was learned Tuesday.

A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Bush planned to announce the selection of Goss later Tuesday during a White House appearance.

Goss, a Republican from Florida, has been mentioned prominently in speculation about a successor to departed CIA Director George Tenet.

Bush's decision comes in the wake of the president's embrace of a key recommendation of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks: creation of a new intelligence czar to oversee the activities of the CIA and more than a dozen other intelligence agencies.