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Office of Intelligence and Analysis Can Improve Transparency and Privacy

Executive Summary

We evaluated the Office of Intelligence and Analysis’ (I&A) safeguards for the sensitive privacy and intelligence information it collects and maintains. Our objective was to determine whether I&A ensures compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and policies. I&A has made progress in developing a culture of privacy. Specifically, I&A has centralized the oversight of privacy and civil liberties and has been working to ensure that it meets the requirements of pertinent legislation, regulations, directives, and guidance. I&A conducted specialized onboarding and advanced training that address safeguards for privacy and civil liberties in its intelligence processes. In addition, I&A designed intelligence oversight reviews to ensure that its employees observe the required safeguards. However, I&A has faced challenges because it did not place priority on institutionalizing other capabilities and processes to ensure timely and complete compliance with requirements regarding privacy and intelligence information.

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