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Central Intelligence Agency

Mailing Address: Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20505

Phone: 703-482-0623
Employees: 20,000+
Acting Director: Michael Morell

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The Central Intelligence Agency is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to the President and senior US policymakers. Headquarters are in McLean, VA.

Michael Morell became Acting CIA Director on November 9, 2012 after General David Petraeus resigned after admitting to having an extramarital affair. Morell had been Deputy Director.

The CIA is separated into four basic components:

* the Directorate of Intelligence,
* the National Clandestine Service,
* the Directorate of Science & Technology
* the Directorate of Support.

The Central Intelligence Agency's mission:

* Collecting information that reveals the plans, intentions and capabilities of our adversaries and provides the basis for decision and action.

* Producing timely analysis that provides insight, warning and opportunity to the President and decisionmakers charged with protecting and advancing America’s interests.

* Conducting covert action at the direction of the President to preempt threats or achieve US policy objectives.

The exact number of employees working for the CIA and its budget is confidential.

The CIA is hiring individuals skilled in science, engineering, technology, analysis, foreign languages and administration for positions in the United States and overseas. Most CIA officers live and work in the Washington DC area but there are many opportunities overseas.

Due to the classified nature of the agency's work, the job application process is lengthy. Depending on your specific circumstances, the process may take as little as two months or more than a year.


The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to serve as head of the United States intelligence community; act as the principal adviser to the President for intelligence matters related to the national security; and serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 amended the National Security Act to provide for a Director of National Intelligence who would assume some of the roles formerly fulfilled by the DCI, with a separate Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Updated November 10, 2012