Kenneth Wainstein, NSI Advisory Board member, Undergoing Confirmation Hearing for Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Arlington, VA – On the afternoon of January 12, 2022, the United States Senate will consider the nomination of Kenneth Wainstein, NSI Advisory Board member, as Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Wainstein is currently Partner at Davis Polk LLP, where he focuses his practices on corporate internal investigations and civil and criminal enforcement proceedings. Prior to his role at Davis Polk LLP, Mr. Wainstein spent over 20 years in public service, most recently serving as Homeland Security Advisor under President George W. Bush. In this role, Mr. Wainstein managed counterterrorism, homeland security, infrastructure protection, and disaster response and recovery efforts nationwide.
Previously, Mr. Wainstein served in the Justice Department as Assistant Attorney General for National Security. As Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Wainstein led instrumental national security initiatives, including the launch of the national, inter-agency Export Control Enforcement Initiative as well as oversaw the agency’s new National Security Division. Mr. Wainstein also served as U.S. Attorney, a role in which he managed high-profile white-collar and public corruption cases at the largest U.S. Attorney’s office in the country.
Mr. Wainstein has held roles as General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Chief of Staff to FBI Director Robert Mueller, Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, and as Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the Southern District of New York as well as Washington D.C..
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Mr. Wainstein’s bio can be found here.
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