05.22.18

Senate Intel Unanimously Approves Evanina to Continue as NCSC Director, Nomination Moves to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced that the Committee has reported the nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Chairman and the Vice Chairman released the following statements regarding the Committee’s favorable vote:

“I’m pleased to see Director Evanina confirmed today by the Committee to continue to lead the National Counterintelligence and Security Center,” said Chairman Burr. “Having served as the Chief of CIA’s Counterespionage Group and beginning his service as NCSC Director in 2014, before this position required Senate confirmation, Bill brings a wealth of counterintelligence knowledge and expertise to the DNI every day. I thank him and his family for allowing him to serve his country for so many years, and look forward to working with him in the future.”

“At a time of numerous intelligence and security threats to our country, including Russia’s interference in our elections and China’s ‘whole of society’ effort to acquire sensitive U.S. technology, it is imperative that the Senate confirm Bill Evanina as the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center,” said Vice Chairman Warner.  “As the DNI’s point person on security clearance reform, it is also critical that he use this position to undertake a comprehensive plan to revamp, revitalize, and modernize our broken and outdated security clearance and background investigation system, and to make tangible progress – soon – on the unacceptable backlog of investigations.”