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The Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tasked with collecting threat data and sharing it with state and local partners, but the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol last year showed what many critics say was a failure by that office to warn of the attack and the threat of domestic extremism.

  • Ellen Gilmer, senior reporter at Bloomberg Government, said domestic extremism will be a priority for Ken Wainstein, nominee for under secretary of Intelligence and Analysis, as the office seeks to regain its footing and rebuild its reputation after a series of Trump-era scandals and intelligence failures.
  • Gilmer said the office struggled to determine the seriousness of threats on social media in advance of Jan. 6 and were involved in a controversy involving intelligence reporting on U.S. journalists during the 2020 protests in Portland.
  • Wainstein, who was in the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration, will likely be confimed, Gilmer said.

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