What We Do

Office of General Counsel - What We Do

The position of General Counsel of the ODNI was established by Section 103C of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The General Counsel is appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the ODNI and performs such functions as the DNI prescribes.


OGC's mission is to provide accurate and timely legal guidance and counsel to the DNI and to the ODNI to ensure all employees and contractors assigned to the ODNI comply with U.S. law and any applicable regulations and directives. OGC's mission also includes supporting the DNI in carrying out his statutory responsibility to ensure compliance with the Constitution and laws of the United States by elements of the Intelligence Community that are part of the National Intelligence Program. To this end, OGC works closely with legal officers across the Intelligence Community to coordinate the development of legal mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of DNI policies and to ensure compliance with applicable law.