CIA — Order of Succession… In the event of a Major Global Catastrophe

“The following officers of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA), during any period in which the D/CIA has died, resigned, or otherwise becomes unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of D/CIA.”

Memorandum on Providing an Order of Succession Within the Central Intelligence Agency — The White House (June 14 2019)

D/CIA Gina Haspel (Sworn on May 21 2018)

March 23 2020 — On June 14 2019, the White House issued a Presidential Memorandum providing an “Order of Succession Within the Central Intelligence Agency”. The order of succession determines who (according to a list of 12 persons) will act and perform the functions and duties of the CIA Director in the event he or she (currently Gina Haspel) dies , resigns, or otherwise becomes unable to perform their duties. I thought you might want to know who are these good apostles? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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I wish I could compare this 2019 Memorandum with the previous one (Presidential Memorandum of September 16, 2016) to analyse the modifications which were deemed necessary.

But, to my knowledge, that previous memorandum is not available in the public domain.

MEMORANDUM FOR THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

SUBJECT:      Providing an Order of Succession Within the
Central Intelligence Agency

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq. (the “Act”), it is hereby ordered that:

Section1.  Order of Succession.  Subject to the provisions of section 2 of this memorandum and to the limitations set forth in the Act, the following officers of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA), during any period in which the D/CIA has died, resigned, or otherwise becomes unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of D/CIA:

(a)  Deputy Director, CIA;

(b)  Chief Operating Officer, CIA;

(c)  Deputy Director of CIA for Operations;

(d)  Deputy Director of CIA for Analysis;

(e)  Deputy Director of CIA for Science and Technology;

(f)  Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation;

(g)  Deputy Director of CIA for Support;

(h)  General Counsel, CIA;

(i)  Deputy Chief Operating Officer, CIA;

(j)  Senior CIA Representative for the United Kingdom;

(k)  Senior CIA Representative for the East Coast; and

(l)  Senior CIA Representative for the West Coast.

Sec. 2.  Exceptions.  (a)  No individual who is serving in an office listed in section 1 of this memorandum in an acting capacity, by virtue of so serving, shall act as D/CIA pursuant to this memorandum.

(b)  No individual listed in section 1 of this memorandum shall act as D/CIA unless that individual is otherwise eligible to so serve under the Act.

(c)  Notwithstanding the provisions of this memorandum, the President retains discretion, to the extent permitted by law, to depart from this memorandum in designating an acting D/CIA.

Sec. 3.  Revocation.  The Presidential Memorandum of September 16, 2016 (Providing an Order of Succession Within the Central Intelligence Agency), is hereby revoked.

Sec. 4.  General Provisions.  This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Who are these people?

(a)  Deputy Director, CIA : Vaughn Bishop (Since: August 1 2018)

(b)  Chief Operating Officer, CIA — Andrew (Andy) Makridis (Since: August 22 2018)

(c)  Deputy Director of CIA for Operations — Elizabeth Kimber (Since: December 2018)

(d)  Deputy Director of CIA for Analysis — Cynthia “Didi” Rapp (Since: January 5 2019)

(e)  Deputy Director of CIA for Science and Technology — Dawn Meyerriecks (Since: June 2013)

(f)  Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation — ??? [Andrew Hallman (Until October 2019)]

[Sean P Roche —  Associate Deputy Director of Digital Innovation — may be currently acting as Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation. In such “Acting” position, he cannot become D/CIA.]

(g)  Deputy Director of CIA for Support — Elizabeth “Betsy” Davis (Since: August 2019)

(h)  General Counsel, CIA — Courtney Simmons Elwood (Since: June 2017)

(i)  Deputy Chief Operating Officer, CIA — John G. Edwards (Since: March 18 2019)

(j)  Senior CIA Representative for the United Kingdom — Classified

(k)  Senior CIA Representative for the East Coast — Classified

(l)  Senior CIA Representative for the West Coast — Classified

REFERENCES

Memorandum on Providing an Order of Succession Within the Central Intelligence Agency — The White House (June 14 2019)

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Order of Succession Within the Central Intelligence Agency [June 14 2019]

CIA — Order of Succession… In the event of a Major Global Catastrophe.

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