II. Federal-State Updates
Late last week, the House Oversight Committee held a classified briefing on election security. According to The Washington Times, Chairman Trey Gowdy’s office reported that the Department of Homeland Security sent two top elections officials and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence sent officials that deal with Russia and Eurasia. The national intelligence officer for cyber issues of the ODNI was part of the briefing, as was the FBI’s Deputy Assistant Director Joe Bonavolonta and the Justice Department’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division Adam Hickey.
“As we near midterm elections, we must take every step possible to safeguard our electoral process and ensure our fellow citizens have confidence in the security of elections,” Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement.