President Donald Trump is nominating Tom Price to lead the agency, the White House said Monday.
Trump made the announcement during a speech at the White Star Line Carrier Corp. plant in Indianapolis, which is owned by General Electric.
The nominee will join a new administration that has been trying to reshape the intelligence agency in recent weeks, with a series of controversial moves including firing FBI Director James Comey and placing former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on the job.
The Trump administration also has signaled that it is prepared to consider changes to the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program, which the Whitehouse said would help “increase transparency and accountability” within the spy agency.
Price is a former general counsel at the CIA and a former deputy secretary of state under President George W. Bush.
He was a Republican congressman from Georgia from 2006 to 2011 and served as a member of the House Intelligence Committee.