Announcement by CIA Inspector General John L. Helgerson
February 18, 2009
I have informed Director Panetta today that I plan to retire from Federal service, and therefore am resigning my position as Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency, effective in 30 days.
I am fortunate to have served in the US Intelligence Community for more than 37 years, under seven Presidents and 13 Agency Directors. Had the opportunity come at an earlier time, I would have been most eager and proud to continue my work as IG during the Administration of President Obama, under the leadership of our new Director. However, after a full career, including seven years in my current position, it is time for a change.
CIA and its Office of Inspector General deal with a number of challenging and unique issues. I believe the country’s interests will be well served if a new Inspector General begins his or her term at the same time other key officials are beginning their service in the Agency and Administration.
Our country’s first Inspector General, appointed by General George Washington, observed that he served as the “eyes, ears, and conscience of the commander.” I have been honored to do this for the Central Intelligence Agency. During my time as IG I have received invaluable encouragement and support from the men and women of the CIA, associates throughout the Executive Branch, and the Congressional Intelligence Oversight Committees. Thank you.