What We Do

Office of General Counsel - What We Do

Our Mission:


Trusted legal Counsel to the ODNI; Principled Advocate and Partner to the Intelligence Community; Enabling Mission while Preserving the Public Trust.


What We Do:


OGC attorneys provide authoritative legal advice on complex and novel legal issues affecting the responsibilities of the DNI and ODNI. OGC attorneys work closely with OGC counterparts in other IC elements and federal departments and agencies more broadly, playing a central role in furthering the DNI’s intelligence integration mission and addressing cutting edge challenges posed by rapidly changing technology, new legislation, and litigation impacting the IC.


Our “in-house law firm” provides a wide array of legal services, requiring that we employ experts not only in constitutional and national security law, but also areas of law including acquisitions and procurement, employment, ethics, intellectual property, international law, legislation, and litigation. While our day-to-day assignments adjust to meet client needs, our values of excellence, integrity, and professionalism remain constant throughout all we do. As do our partner IC legal offices, we seek people with diverse skill sets who want to make a difference for their country.


OGC promotes a workforce that is not only expert, but also inclusive and diverse, reflecting the people we serve. We, and the leadership of other IC element offices of general counsel, have committed to fostering a workplace in which talented people of integrity can thrive, excel, and be accepted without regard to race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, color, or disability. We believe that we grow stronger and more effective when we rely on individuals with varying backgrounds, including language, geographical and socioeconomic experience, veteran status, and family structure. We succeed through a culture of inclusion that connects each employee to the IC’s critical national security mission and encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness, so that each legal professional is able to participate and contribute to their full potential.