Offices of CIA



The Office of Congressional Affairs is divided into four teams:

1. Office of the Director: Provides general administrative support to the Director and Deputy Director of OCA. The Director’s office also manages all budget preparation and execution, logistics, human resources, record and document management, and IT support for OCA.

2. Executive Staff: Provides for the entire range of operational, support, and administrative functions necessary to support OCA’s mission, management, workforce and customers.  The responsibilities of the Executive Staff include:

  • Monitoring all actions and ensures the timely flow of Congressional Notifications (CNs), Congressionally Directed Actions (CDAs), Questions for the Record (QFRs) and correspondence with the Hill.
    • Preparing integrative analyses on key issues of congressional interest, maintains performance metrics and responds to ad hoc requests.
    • Managing the Congressional hearing calendar and process, in conjunction with the Liaison Group.
    • Preparings for OCA-sponsored internal and Hill-related events.
    • Working with the Office of the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Protocol, Public Affairs and directorate components to ensure successful and productive events with the Hill.
    • Manages Agency interaction with congressional staffs on constituent matters and Freedom of Information Act inquiries.

3. Liaison Group: Comprised of directorate components (DO, DS&T, DA, DS and DDI) that arrange, support, monitor, and document congressional briefings, hearings and travel. In order to accomplish this, the Liaison Group:

    • Develops and maintains professional contacts in the House and Senate with members and staff.
    • Provides Agency officers with information about House and Senate developments of interest to the CIA as well as the Intelligence Community.
    • Serves as Agency liaison with congressional support agencies including the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Research Service.

4. Legal Group: Prepares CIA proposals for possible inclusion in the annual draft of the Intelligence Authorization Act. The Legal Group also monitors legislation in order to determine the potential impact on the CIA and its activities, and seeks legislative provisions needed by the CIA (with the concurrence of the Administration). Legal Group staff members are responsible for frequently reviewing the Congressional Record and other sources for congressional legislative activities of interest to the CIA.

      Posted: Apr 01, 2011 04:26 PM
      Last Updated: Jan 05, 2016 06:24 PM