January 13, 2021: President-Elect Joe Biden announced that he would nominate veteran diplomat William J. Burns to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Burns, 64, is a former Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2005-2008) and Jordan (1998-2001). He was Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 to 2005. Burns became Deputy Secretary of State in 2011 until his retirement from U.S. Foreign Service in late 2014. He was appointed President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 2015. Burns would succeed current CIA Director Gina Haspel.