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Policy and Outreach

Chief Human Capital Office

Policy and Outreach


The IRTPA of 2004 directs the DNI to “prescribe, in consultation with the heads of other agencies or elements of the intelligence community, and the heads of their respective departments, personnel policies and programs” governing IC human capital matters.

The policy function in the Assistant Director for Human Capital (ADNI/HC) supports the ADNI/HC (the accountable ODNI official for human capital related issues), with developing, coordinating, and adjudicating IC policy issuances – including IC Directives (ICDs), IC implementing Guidance (ICPGs), IC Standards (ICSs), and other policy documents – in coordination with the Office of the ADNI for Policy and Strategy. The ADNI/HC is also responsible for all human capital related legislative issues for the IC. Additionally, the ADNI/HC is charged with providing support to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for human capital Initiatives.


The Outreach function in the ADNI/HC coordinates IC agency and element recruitment efforts and encourages Americans from diverse heritage communities to learn about and support the national security interests of the U.S. by understanding IC values and employment opportunities.

Performance Management

Chief Human Capital Office

Performance Management and Competency Development

Competency Development

The ADNI/HC has analyzed numerous career fields in the framework of ICD 610 across the IC to produce a competency library that supports IC agencies and elements in building standardized occupational series and in defining the components of jobs and work roles to include knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) common to functions performed across the IC enterprise. Through a combination of scientific observation, interviews with incumbents, and focus groups, the ADNI HC has provided, and continues to provide, competency definitions for all levels of occupations, assigning priority according to mission needs. Current endeavors include competency subdirectories for cybersecurity and responsible information sharing.

Performance Management

Adhering to systematic, purposeful, consistent Performance Management standards and practices engenders mutual trust among employees and their supervisory chain. The IC Performance Management function provides Knowledge Portals that deliver policy guidance, best practices, fact sheets, and training modules on all aspects of rating performance. Performance appraisals are the basis for vital personnel decisions that affect the workforce, including assignments, promotions, and awards. The ADNI/HC has provided a standardized performance management framework in Intelligence Community Directives (ICDs) 651 and 656; adherence to the principles and standards in the ICDs will result in fair and productive treatment of employees and will promote mission accomplishment.

IC Joint Duty

Chief Human Capital Office

IC Joint Duty

The IC Civilian Joint Duty Program works to create cross-agency expertise by fostering an environment of information-sharing, interagency cooperation and intelligence integration at all levels. Joint Duty Assignments provide intelligence professionals an IC-wide enterprise perspective, assist them in cultivating cross-organizational networks, facilitate their ability to share information among other IC employees and organizations, increase participants’ understanding of the scope and complexity of the IC, and contribute to their personal and professional development.

The Joint Duty program was established in response to the requirement of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) that service in more than one IC element be a condition for promotion to senior executive.

In 2008, the IC Civilian Joint Duty Program was honored with the Innovations in American Government Award by the Ash Institute of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a “key to improved national security” and an “innovative solution for improving cross-agency understanding.”

If you are already a member of the IC, and are interested in learning more about Joint Duty opportunities, visit the IC Joint Duty site.


Foreign Language

Chief Human Capital Office

Foreign Language

The mission of the IC foreign language organization is to improve the foreign language capability of the IC workforce. ADNI/HC Foreign Language Program Office (FLPO) promotes higher foreign langue proficiency, deepens cultural understanding among workforce professionals who use language in their work, and works to integrate language technology and document translation techniques to maximize effectiveness. FLPO defines, measures, and tracks IC foreign language capabilities and readiness against mission objectives across the IC.


Language Education

David L. Boren Scholarship
Scholars are sent abroad to a critical country to study its language and culture. Awards are provided for one year and up to $20,000 in exchange for an obligation to work for the U.S. Government for at least one year.

Boren Fellows Program
Provides American graduate students resources for overseas and domestic study to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.

The Language Flagship Program
Grants awarded to U.S. Universities recognized as leaders in the field of language education. Designed to support University infrastructure to enhance individuals achievement of superior-level proficiency in critical languages.

Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE)
Providing competitively awarded grants to universities to establish programs in national security studies through their unique disciplines of study will create a new diverse talent pool from which the intelligence community can recruit.

English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarship Program

A scholarship designed for naturalized U. S. citizens fully proficient in AF/PAK languages seeking to apply their professional knowledge in a federal government career. Program combines advanced English language training with professional communication skills and strategies. Held at Georgetown University.

Other Government Funded Programs

National Language Service Corps

The NLSC offers individuals with language expertise the opportunity to help their neighbors and fellow citizens by participating in national and state efforts, particularly in times of emergency or crisis when their expertise can truly make a difference.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The U.S. Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible American high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year overseas immersion programs.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.

Critical Language Scholarships Program
Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students.

Other Resources

Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) - LinguaVista
Foreign language program finder for high-level learners of less-commonly taught foreign languages.

The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLC) - LangSource

A searchable, annotated bibliographic database of language and culture resources.

Language Resources

Joint Language University (JLU)
A U.S. government sponsored language training portal service the private, academic, and government sectors. For students to acquire, maintain, enhance and/or refresh language skills. Portal offers 10,000+ catalog items including targeted language training, assessment objects and area and culture training. Offers access to numerous foreign language training programs such as Library Press Display, Tactical Languages and Cultures, SCOLA, CL-150, and Rosetta Stone.

Defense Language Institute (DLI)
  • Gloss online language lessons are developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills.
  • Foreign Language Center produces most of the language materials for its basic and advanced courses. These products and other language materials are available for pre-deployment training , deployment use, and refresher training.
Joint Intelligence Virtual University
An education portal allowing students to participate in classroom or online familiarization, geographic and cultural understanding courses.

Training Float
Permits agencies to exceed Full Time Equivalent ceilings by 100 positions across the IC in order to facilitate foreign language training for IC personnel. The training allows agencies to exceed their authorizations and pays salaries for backfill hires as well as full cost of the foreign language training. It does not add billets.

National Cryptologic School (NCS)
The NCS offers language and culture training for U.S. government students in many languages. Courses range from one-on-one tailored directed studies to 12 and 18 month acquisition courses. The Cryptologic Area Studies Program also provides area studies training in English and in foreign languages at the foundational, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Foreign Service Institute (FSI)
Offers full-time and part time classroom-based instruction to U.S. government personnel in over 70 languages. FSI also offers mentored online distance learning courses.




Chief Human Capital Office


The Awards Program Office manages the Director of National Intelligence's National Intelligence Community Awards (NICA) program – which comprises a suite of 13 awards for which individuals and teams may be nominated to recognize significant and lasting contributions to the Intelligence Community. The Awards Program Office works with Senior Professional Executives to establish National Intelligence Professional Awards (NIPA) programs dedicated to recognize service and contributions that enhance the stature and standing of IC professions.

The function of recognizing community-wide contributions transferred from CIA, under the Director of Central Intelligence, to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) upon standup of the ODNI. The original five Intelligence Community Awards (ICAs) transferred to the NICA and provided the foundation for the DNI program.

The NICAs complement agency-specific awards and focus on service and contributions that rise above providing significant benefit to an individual IC agency or element – they recognize service and contributions that have a significant and lasting impact on the Intelligence Community as a whole. An independent board, comprised of representatives from across the IC, makes recommendations on award nominations to the DNI, who makes all final decisions on awards.

The NICAs are a suite of 13 awards for which individuals and teams may be nominated. Any IC element may nominate any of its own or any other IC element individual or team for recognition. Team nominations frequently include members from multiple IC elements who have worked together to realize a goal.

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