Official & unofficial answers from the US government
[July 16] State Department warns employees about new website highlighting Top Secret facilities
[July 19] Acting Director of National Intelligence, David C. Gompert, reaction to the Washington Post series
[July 19] Intelcrats’ Awesomely Bad Pushback to ‘Top Secret America’ | Danger Room This, for instance, is how the top intelligence office responds to the “myth” that intel contractors perform “inherently governmental” activities: The Intelligence Community does not condone or permit contract personnel to perform inherently governmental intelligence work, as defined by OMB Circular A-76 revised, and reinforced recently in Intelligence Community Directive 612. Core contract personnel may perform activities such as collection and analysis; however, it is what you do with that analysis, who makes that decision, and who oversees the work that constitute the “inherently governmental” functions.
Some of America’s spy agencies probably rely too much on outside companies. But don’t freak out about spooks-for-hire just because of a newspaper article or two, Director of National Intelligence nominee James Clapper told the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday afternoon. It’s an understatement to say that the Washington Post‘s series on the sprawl of the intelligence community hung over Clapper’s nomination hearing. Most senators on the panel asked Clapper, the current chief of defense intelligence and decades-long intel veteran, about how he’d exercise control over one of its key themes: what Senator Olympia Snowe called the intelligence “mega-bureaucracy.” But Clapper wasn’t so thrilled with the series. [July 20] Intel Chief: Don’t Get ‘Shrill’ About Spooks-for-Hire | Danger Room