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The data for this ranking study was gathered by ____.

A an agency outside the Intelligence Community
Explaination
This answer is confirmed by this statement in the passage: "according to an independent analysis." The word independent tells that the source of the information is outside of the IC and also indicates that it would be outside of the Federal Government, since the IC is a part of the Federal Government.
B a large agency within the IC
C the Intelligence Community
D the Federal Government