Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
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Incumbent
William J. Burns

since March 19, 2021
Central Intelligence Agency
AbbreviationD/CIA
Reports toDirector of National Intelligence (DNI)
SeatGeorge Bush Center for Intelligence, Langley, Fairfax County, Virginia
AppointerPresident of the United States
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrument50 U.S.C. § 3036
PrecursorDirector of Central Intelligence
FormationApril 21, 2005
First holderPorter J. Goss
DeputyDeputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (DD/CIA)
SalaryExecutive Schedule, Level II[1]
Websitewww.cia.gov

The director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is a statutory office (50 U.S.C. § 3036) that functions as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, which in turn is a part of the United States Intelligence Community.

Beginning February 2017, the D/CIA was elevated to Cabinet of the United States level status, as designated by the president of the United States. This ended with the beginning of the Biden administration.[2]

The director reports to the director of national intelligence (DNI) and is assisted by the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (DD/CIA). The director is a civilian or a general or flag officer of the United States Armed Forces[3] nominated by the president of the United States, with the recommendation from the DNI,[4] and must be confirmed by a majority vote of the United States Senate.[5]

  1. ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5313
  2. ^ "The Cabinet". www.whitehouse.gov/. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  3. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 528 Officers serving in certain intelligence positions: military status; exclusion from distribution and strength limitations; pay and allowances
  4. ^ 50 U.S.C. § 403-6 Appointment of officials responsible for intelligence-related activities
  5. ^ 50 U.S.C. § 3036 Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

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