Mike Pompeo sworn in as Director of Central Intelligence Agency

Jan 24, 2017 08:28 IST

Mike Pompeo on 23 January 2017 was sworn in as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was administered the oath to office by Vice President Mike Pence.

The sworn-in ceremony was held swiftly after the United States Senate confirmed Pompeo to run the CIA, giving President Donald Trump the third member of his cabinet. Pompeo was confirmed by a vote of 66-32.

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About Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo previously served as the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 4th congressional district from 2011–2017.

He is a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.

He represented Kansas on the Republican National Committee.

About Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the United States federal government.

The agency gathers, processes and analyzes national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT).

It is primarily focused on providing intelligence for the President and Cabinet.

The CIA reports to the Director of the agency.

Unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the CIA has no law enforcement function. It primarily focuses on overseas intelligence gathering, with only limited domestic intelligence collection.

One of the CIA’s largest divisions, the Information Operations Center (IOC), has shifted focus from counter-terrorism to offensive cyber-operations.

The CIA has had achieved some major accomplishments, such as locating Osama bin Laden and taking part in the successful Operation Neptune Spear.

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