On February 5, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats issued a statement on President Trump’s intent to nominate William Evanina as Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.
I am very pleased that President Trump announced his intent to nominate William Evanina to be the first Senate-confirmed Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. Congress elevated this position—which leads counterintelligence for the entire U.S. government—to require Senate confirmation. Bill already serves as Director of NCSC, a position he has held since June 2014. The President’s intent to nominate him to stay in the position in an elevated capacity reflects great credit upon Bill and his team.
Bill has served in multiple capacities within the intelligence and law enforcement communities. He began his FBI career in 1996 at the FBI’s Newark Field Office, and in 2007 he received the FBI Director’s Award for Investigative Excellence. In 2009, he was selected to be the Assistant Section Chief of the Counterintelligence Division at the FBI Headquarters. In 2011, Mr. Evanina was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office where he led operations in both Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism. He also served as a Senior Executive at the CIA as Chief of the Counterespionage Group.
I am pleased to already have Bill on our leadership team, and I look forward to working with him in this elevated capacity pending his confirmation by the Senate.