There have been various arrangements to handle the CIA's relationship with the United States Congress. There is controversy between the two. The CIA admitted to misleading Congress on various occasions.It is being questioned whether or not Congress should investigate the CIA. It began with a single position named the 'legislative liaison' which later became the 'legislative counsel'. In the 60s an actual office was created for this purpose - the Office of Legislative Counsel. In the 1970s the congress began to investigate the CIA and staffing had to be greatly increased to deal with the demand for documents and information. In the 80s there were several reorganizations and renamings of the office. Near the end of the 1980s, the office was renamed the Office of Congressional Affairs and has kept that name, as of 2009. [1] "At issue is a secret program the CIA began planning shortly after the September 11 attacks but did not tell Congress about until June 24 of this year. The program never got beyond the planning and preparation stages." [2]


This time line is based on information found in Snider, The Agency and the Hill, Chapter 4 (available online, see below under 'sources'). It lists the liaison, or the head of the liaison office, along with brief mentions of some significant events, reorganizations, and name changes.

  • 1946 - one liaison person, part of the Office of General Counsel (OGC)
    • 1946-1955 Walter Pforzheimer
    • 1956-1957 Norman Paul
    • 1957-1966 John Warner
  • 1966 - new office created - Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC)
    • 1966-1968 John Warner
    • 1968-1974 John Maury
    • 1974-1977 George Cary
  • 1970s - 'ad hoc Review Staff' operated alongside OLC, to respond to large number of congressional inquiries due to the Rockefeller Commission, the Church Committee, and the Pike Committee[3]
  • 1978 - OLC grows to 28 people
    • 1978-1981 Fred Hitz
  • 1981 - OLC and Office of Public Affairs combined into the Office of External Affairs, with a 'Legislative Liaison Division'
    • 1981-1982 J William "Billy" Doswell
  • 1982 - Office of External Affairs ended. Office of Legislative Liaison created.
    • 1982-1984 Clair E George
    • 1984-1986 Charles Briggs
    • 1986-1988 David D. Gries
  • 198? - Office of Legislative Liaison is renamed to Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA)
    • 1988-1989 John Helgerson
    • 1989-1991 Norbert Garret
    • 1991-1994 Stan Moskowitz
    • 1994-1996 Joanne Isham
    • 1996-2001 John H. Moseman
    • 2001-2004 Stan Moskowitz

Notes & Sources Edit

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