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Central Intelligence Agency

Washington, DC 20505


DIRECTOR Mike Pompeo
Deputy Director Gina Haspel

The Central Intelligence Agency collects, evaluates, and disseminates vital information on economic, military, political, scientific, and other developments abroad to safeguard national security.

The Central Intelligence Agency was established by the National Security Act of 1947, as amended (50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.). It now functions under that statute, Executive Order 12333 of December 4, 1981, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (50 U.S.C. 401 note), and other laws, Executive orders, regulations, and directives.

The Director, whom the President appoints with the advice and consent of the Senate, serves as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Director reports to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) regarding the activities of the Agency.

The Central Intelligence Agency uses human source collection and other means to gather intelligence; however, it neither carries out internal security functions nor exercises police, subpoena, or other law enforcement powers. The Agency correlates, evaluates, and disseminates national security intelligence. It also directs and coordinates intelligence collecting outside the United States by U.S. intelligence community elements authorized to engage in human source collection.

In coordination with other departments, agencies, and authorized elements of the U.S. Government, the Agency ensures that resources are used effectively and that adequate consideration is given to the risks, both to the United States and to those involved in collecting intelligence abroad. The Agency carries out other intelligence-related tasks that are necessary for safeguarding national security, as the President or the DNI may indicate. Under the direction of the DNI and consistent with section 207 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, the Agency coordinates relationships between elements of the U.S. intelligence community and the security or intelligence services of foreign governments or international organizations in matters of national security and clandestine intelligence.

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The Agency posts millions of pages of documents, including many items of public interest, on its Web site each year. Its online library contains a wealth of information that ranges from unclassified publications to basic references, reports, and maps.

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