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.