Federal officials have been in talks with Wyman, who is Washington state's Secretary of State, to serve as the election security lead for DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said the people, who spoke anonymously. The sources said Wyman's selection would not be official until all administrative documents are cleared with the White House, and the administration announces her post.
As a Republican Secretary of State, Wyman frequently opposed Trump's statements that mail-in ballots invite fraud. Trump's proclamations, she said, were threatening US democracy. And in a May interview with CNN's "New Day," Wyman sharply slammed the sham "audit" of 2020 election results commissioned by Arizona Republicans.
"The precedence of this is just unnerving for election officials across the country, and it should alarm every American in the country," Wyman said.
Wyman would be a federal connection to state and local officials as they look for resources and support to protect election infrastructure from hacking, and voters from misleading campaigns. She has the experience to draw on: She spent nearly a decade as the elections director for Thurston County, Washington, before being elected Secretary of State.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency refused to comment, and Wyman's office did not respond to calls.
A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council led questions to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
During the 2020 election, officials at the agency used a public website and an active Twitter account to deflate Trump's claims of widespread election fraud. The fact-checking urged Trump to dismiss the agency's then-director, Christopher Krebs, by tweet.
According to US officials, the 2020 election also saw Iranian and Russian hackers access some voter registration data. But the activity did not affect the integrity of the vote, which election officials called "the most secure in American history."
DHS doubled down on its election security efforts after the 2016 election when Russian government-backed hackers examined state IT systems across the US and accessed voter registration data in Illinois. Krebs and his election-security lead, Matthew Masterson, won praises from state and local officials of both parties, for forging closer collaboration after an atmosphere of mistrust in 2016.