Top intel official leaving post

Top intel official leaving post
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A top intelligence official is leaving her post at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the agency announced Friday.

Deirdre Walsh, who over a decade has filled several ODNI roles including chief operating officer, said in a statement to Politico that “I have served in this challenging role for nearly three years and look forward to taking on my next opportunity.”

The ODNI did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.


It is unclear who will replace Walsh, who, according to her bio, worked on “orchestrating all transformation activities and effecting governance processes that will improve how information is presented in organizational decision-making.” 

The news comes the same day as Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, announced a list of organizational changes. Among the changes announced Friday are a phasing out of ODNI’s Directorate of National Security Partnerships and combining four different ODNI organizations focused on cyber into a single cohort called “the IC Cyber Executive.” 

Walsh has garnered allies on Capitol Hill, particularly during her tenure from 2014-18 as the ODNI’s congressional liaison. 

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