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About the Joint Duty Program

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 established the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to "...act as the principal advisor to the President, to the National Security Council, and to the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to the national security." In so doing, the DNI is authorized by the Act to "...prescribe, in consultation with the heads of other agencies or elements of the intelligence community, and the heads of their respective departments, personnel policies and programs applicable to the intelligence community" that enhance and ensure the effective conduct of our Nation's intelligence activities. The Act includes a number of specific responsibilities in this area. They are to:

  • Encourage and facilitate assignments and details of personnel to national intelligence centers, and between elements of the intelligence community;
  • Set standards for education, training, and career development of personnel of the intelligence community;
  • Encourage and facilitate the recruitment and retention by the intelligence community of highly qualified individuals for the effective conduct of intelligence activities;
  • Ensure that the personnel of the intelligence community are sufficiently diverse for purposes of the collection and analysis of intelligence through the recruitment and training of women, minorities, and individuals with diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds;
  • Make service in more than one element of the intelligence community a condition of promotion to such positions within the community as the Director shall specify; and
  • Ensure the effective management of intelligence community personnel who are responsible for intelligence community-wide matters.

In addition, the President's Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States with respect to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD Commission) made several specific recommendations as to how the DNI should exercise this broad statutory authority. The President has accepted these recommendations, and in so doing, the DNI is charged with the following human resource recommendations:

  • Recommendation 6.4-That the DNI use his human resources authorities to establish a central human resources authority for the Intelligence Community; create a uniform system for performance evaluations and compensation; develop a more comprehensive and creative set of performance incentives; direct a "joint" personnel rotation system; and establish a National Intelligence University.
  • Recommendation 7.6-The Intelligence Community should train more human intelligence operators and collectors, and its training programs should be modified to support the full spectrum of human intelligence collection methods.
  • Recommendation 8.8-The Intelligence Community must develop a Community program for training analysts, and both analysts and managers must prioritize this career-long training.
  • Recommendation 8.9-The Intelligence Community must develop a Community program for training managers, both when they first assume managerial positions and through their careers.
  • Recommendation 8.15-The Intelligence Community should expand the use of non-monetary incentives that remind analysts of the importance of their work and the value of their contributions to national security.

Based on these recommendations and the National Intelligence Strategy, the DNI will enhance integration within the Community by implementing joint IC duty assignments.

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