The Senate failed to vote yesterday on President Trump’s nomination of William Evanina to be director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), which is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Senate’s failure to act by yesterday means that the nomination lapsed with the end of the 115th Congress. The 116th Congress began today, and President Trump is free to re-nominate Evanina. The Senate Intelligence Committee favorably reported the nomination to the full Senate in May 2018, but it was blocked for at least part of the remainder of the year by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. Evanina has served as NCSC director since 2014, but Congress took action in 2015 to elevate the position to one that requires Senate confirmation.

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