WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Newly appointed CIA director Porter Goss has picked a career Republican communications professional to be the next head of public affairs at the agency.
Jennifer Millerwise was most recently a spokeswoman for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign.
Her appointment has not yet been finalized, according to administration officials who declined to be identified. But a former senior CIA official who maintains contacts at the agency's Langley, Va., headquarters confirmed to United Press International that she was Goss's choice.
"It's part of a trend," the former official said, "like the appointments of (White House Counsel Alberto) Gonzales (to be attorney general) and (White House national security adviser Condoleezza) Rice (as secretary of state), it's the White House sending its people out to assert greater control over these agencies."
Goss faced a wave of criticism -- and charges that he had a partisan agenda -- when confrontations between CIA veterans and new staff he brought in from Capitol Hill led the two most senior officials in the agency's clandestine service to quit earlier this year.
Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said that bringing in an outsider could be beneficial. "It never hurts to have a fresh pair of eyes" on an issue, he told UPI.