The White House hired the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to work with the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a comprehensive domestic violent extremism threat assessment.
The new assignment for the intelligence services comes just days after Avril D. Haines, director of the national intelligence service, promised members of Congress during their confirmation hearing that they would make exactly such an assessment.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, announced the assessment at her regular briefing. It is the second question to Mrs Haines in as many days. On Thursday, the White House ordered a new intelligence look at Russia and the widespread hack of government computers.
This intelligence assessment, which deals with domestic extremism, is less of an area of expertise for the intelligence services, but it shows that the Biden government is focused on domestic threats.
“This assessment will be based on analysis by the entire government and, where appropriate, non-governmental organizations,” said Ms. Psaki. “The key point here is that we want a fact-based analysis that we can use to shape policy.”
The request will be difficult for the intelligence services, which by law cannot collect information about Americans and will have to work with the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security.
But senior intelligence officials have privately said that just like the F.B.I. and C.I.A. After the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the secret services began to work more closely on the threat posed by global terrorism. You can do more to improve cooperation and information sharing with national law enforcement agencies.
With domestic violence groups, the main focus of the intelligence services is to monitor the efforts of foreign powers, including Russia and others, to push the groups into more extremist positions.
While traditional intelligence teams focused on Russia have been following Moscow’s work in recent years, the C.I.A. The Counter Terrorism Mission Center also has officials who specialize in tracking down racially motivated violent extremists overseas.