Today's CIA

The CIA is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior U.S. policymakers.

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is nominated by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate. The D/CIA manages the operations, personnel, and budget of the CIA.

The CIA is separated into four basic components:

They carry out “the intelligence cycle,” the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top U.S. government officials.

In addition, the D/CIA has several staffs that deal with public affairs, human resources, protocol, congressional affairs, legal issues, information management, and internal oversight.