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Central Intelligence Agency

Washington, DC 20505


DIRECTORGina C. Haspel
Deputy DirectorVaughn F. Bishop

Chief Operating OfficerAndrew Makridis
Director of Public AffairsBrittany Bramell
General CounselCourtney Simmons Elwood

Office of Inspector General

Office of Inspector General
Inspector General(vacancy)

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


On July 26, 1947, President Harry S. Truman approved Public Law 80–253, which is commonly cited as the National Security Act of 1947. The Act established the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

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

The National Security Act has been amended since its enactment in 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.). The CIA now functions under the original Act, as amended; Executive Order 12333 of December 4, 1981; the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004; and other laws, Executive orders, regulations, and directives.

The CIA's statement of organization is found in 32 CFR 1900.

The CIA posts its organizational graphic online in Portable Document Format (PDF).


The CIA 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 CIA 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 CIA 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.

Sources of Information

Agency Offices

The CIA comprises seven components: directorate of analysis, directorate of operations, directorate of science and technology, directorate of support, directorate of digital innovation, mission centers, and offices of the Director.

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that CIA records have been assigned to record group 263.

Bibliography of Intelligence Literature

The CIA's online bibliography contains works representing a wide spectrum of views on intelligence and the Agency. The readings cover history, opinion, technology, and some of the key figures who are associated with intelligence.


The CIA maintains a blog on its website.

Career Opportunities

To carry out its mission, the CIA relies on analysts, attorneys, engineers, graphic designers, foreign language instructors, mechanics and truck drivers, physicians and psychiatrists, and other professionals.

Chiefs of State

The CIA updates its online directory of "Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments" regularly.

Contact Information

The CIA posts contact information on its website.

Federal Register

Documents that the CIA has published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Foreign Languages

Abridged versions of the CIA's website content is available in several foreign languages.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA gives a right to obtain access to Federal agency records to any person, except to a fugitive from the law. Some records, or portions of them, are, however, shielded from disclosure by one or more of nine statutory exemptions or by specific harm that disclosure may cause. The CIA shields classified national security information, information relating to intelligence sources and methods, and organizational information from release under the FOIA. An information seeker may submit a FOIA request for records by sending it to the FOIA Requester Service Center, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC 20505. A request also may be submitted by facsimile. Fax, 703-613-3007.

The CIA maintains an online FOIA reading room.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The CIA posts answers to FAQs.


President Harry S. Truman approved the National Security Act of 1947, creating a permanent central agency for intelligence. His approval was not the beginning of the story: 6 years prior to the formal establishment of the CIA, various renditions of an intelligence agency had occurred. To learn more of the story that underlies today's CIA, visit the "History of the CIA" web page.


By country, maps of administration, physiography, and transportation are posted on the CIA website.


The CIA Museum's online collection allows visitors to learn more about the Agency through an interactive timeline, historical artifacts, and stories.

Press Releases / Statements

The CIA posts press releases and statements on its website.


The "Publications" web page provides convenient access to resources like "The World Factbook," "Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments," and "Maps of the CIA." It also provides easy access to a variety of publications on diverse subjects.

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse for content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The CIA has a Facebook account.

The CIA tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The CIA posts videos on its YouTube channel.

Spy Kids

The "Spy Kids" website has materials that are suitable for K–5th grade, 6–12th grade, and parents and teachers. The website's main sections are "Games," "Spy Dogs," and "Stories." A spy dog is a member of the CIA's K9 Corps, whose dogs sniff out explosives and protect CIA officers and buildings from bombs and other explosive threats.

World Factbook

For 267 world entities, the CIA posts information on their histories, peoples and societies, governments, economies, energy sources, geographies, communications, modes of transportation, militaries, and transnational issues.

The Sources of Information were updated 8–2020.