The NSA has launched an internal review of a senior official’s part-time work for a private company.
Under the arrangement, which was confirmed by former NSA director Keith Alexander and current intelligence officials, Chief Technical Officer Patrick Dowd, is allowed to work up to 20 hours a week at IronNet Cybersecurity, the private firm led by Alexander, a retired Army general and his former boss.
In a statement in response to inquiries by Reuters, NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said, “This matter is under internal review. While NSA does not comment on specific employees, NSA takes seriously ethics laws and regulations at all levels of the organisation.”
Current and former U.S. intelligence officials, some of whom requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters, said they could not recall a previous instance in which a high-ranking U.S. intelligence official was allowed to concurrently work for a private-sector firm.
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