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The
following documents have been received under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) and contain the “Congressional Correspondence Logs” for all
communications between Congress, and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).


Each log
outlines who the correspondence was with, the date, and topic of the letter.


Declassified Congressional Correspondence Logs


 Congressional
Correspondence with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Calendar Year 2013

[6 Pages, 0.6MB]


Background on the CIA


The Central
Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National
Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of
Central Intelligence (DCI) to serve as head of the United States intelligence
community; act as the principal adviser to the President for intelligence
matters related to the national security; and serve as head of the Central
Intelligence Agency. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
amended the National Security Act to provide for a Director of National
Intelligence who would assume some of the roles formerly fulfilled by the DCI,
with a separate Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.


The
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency serves as the head of the Central
Intelligence Agency and reports to the Director of National Intelligence. The
CIA director’s responsibilities include:


  • Collecting
    intelligence through human sources and by other appropriate means, except
    that he shall have no police, subpoena, or law enforcement powers or
    internal security functions;
  • Correlating
    and evaluating intelligence related to the national security and providing
    appropriate dissemination of such intelligence;
  • Providing
    overall direction for and coordination of the collection of national
    intelligence outside the United States through human sources by elements
    of the Intelligence Community authorized to undertake such collection and,
    in coordination with other departments, agencies, or elements of the
    United States Government which are authorized to undertake such
    collection, ensuring that the most effective use is made of resources and
    that appropriate account is taken of the risks to the United States and
    those involved in such collection; and
  • Performing
    such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the
    national security as the President or the Director of National
    Intelligence may direct.


The function
of the Central Intelligence Agency is to assist the Director of the Central
Intelligence Agency in carrying out the responsibilities outlined above.


To
accomplish its mission, the CIA engages in research, development, and
deployment of high-leverage technology for intelligence purposes. As a separate
agency, CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on topics of concern
and also works closely with the other organizations in the Intelligence
Community to ensure that the intelligence consumer—whether Washington
policymaker or battlefield commander—receives the best intelligence possible.


As changing
global realities have reordered the national security agenda, CIA has met these
challenges by:


  • Creating
    special, multidisciplinary centers to address such high-priority issues
    such as nonproliferation, counterterrorism, counterintelligence,
    international organized crime and narcotics trafficking, environment, and
    arms control intelligence.
  • Forging
    stronger partnerships between the several intelligence collection
    disciplines and all-source analysis.
  • Taking
    an active part in Intelligence Community analytical efforts and producing
    all-source analysis on the full range of topics that affect national
    security.
  • Contributing
    to the effectiveness of the overall Intelligence Community by managing
    services of common concern in imagery analysis and open-source collection
    and participating in partnerships with other intelligence agencies in the
    areas of research and development and technical collection.



By emphasizing adaptability in its approach to
intelligence collection, the CIA can tailor its support to key intelligence
consumers and help them meet their needs as they face the issues of the
post-Cold War World.

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