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US Capitol Police official in charge of intel on Jan. 6 returns to that role

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 2: Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman attends a press briefing about the security incident at the U.S. Capitol on April 2, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pittman announced that one police officer is dead after a man rammed his vehicle into a Capitol barricade. The suspect was fatally shot by police during the incident. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images via CNN)

(CNN) — The US Capitol Police official who was in charge of intelligence operations on Jan. 6 before briefly becoming acting chief has returned to her previous role despite criticism over security breakdowns during the insurrection.

Yogananda Pittman is back in her position as assistant chief of protective and intelligence operations, where she oversees the physical security of the US Capitol and the intelligence operations, according to the department’s website.

Pittman held that position from 2019 until early January, when she was promoted to acting chief following Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund’s abrupt resignation after the Jan. 6 riot. Tom Manger was sworn in as the new chief last month.

Pittman has endured criticism from the union representing rank-and-file Capitol Police officers, who feel she was one of the leaders responsible for intelligence failures leading up to the riot and the security breakdowns that day.

Earlier this year, an overwhelming majority of officers who participated in a union-organized vote chose to vote no-confidence in her leadership.

Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the US Capitol Police Labor Committee, told CNN via text on Wednesday that it is “absolutely disgraceful she remains in her position, not even a slap on the wrist.”

“She was one of the top USCP leaders in charge responsible for the biggest breach in US history,” Papathanasiou said.

He pointed to a Senate report and inspector general reports that have been generated since Jan. 6, saying they “spoke volumes of Pittman’s incompetence.”

In a statement, US Capitol Police said Pittman had led the way as acting chief through “numerous reviews” and had directed improvements “to pivot the USCP towards an intelligence based protective agency.” The department said it has improved the way intelligence is disseminated internally and externally since Jan. 6.

The department also said it “consumes intelligence from every federal agency. At no point prior to Jan. 6 did it receive actionable intelligence about a large-scale attack.”

CNN has reached out to Pittman for comment.