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Biden to tap intelligence expert Corless for Treasury terrorism post By Reuters


By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will nominate Shannon Corless, a career intelligence expert, as assistant secretary of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Treasury Department, the White House said on Tuesday.

Corless is currently responsible for economic security and energy security. He also oversees sanctions, supply chains, telecommunications threats finance, trade partnerships, and export controls at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Corless, an ex-Naval Intelligence officer, will make decisions on sanctioning Taliban, and other matters that impact the flow capital into Afghanistan.

Corless was the Director of Investment Security at ODNI’s National Intelligence Council. She played a crucial role in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ (CFIUS) reviews.

Corless joins a list of 10 others awaiting Treasury confirmation, which includes five people nominated in May and April to supervise key issues, such as economic policy and financing terrorist financing.

Biden government officials are growing frustrated at Republican congressional hold on hundreds of nominations for top posts in the State Department, Treasury, and elsewhere. This is not due to any reason. According to the non-profit Partnership for Public Service, the U.S. Senate only has confirmed 131 of Biden’s 368 nominees. This pace is slightly faster than that of President Donald Trump but slower than those of Barack Obama or George W. Bush.

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