NPR's September 7, 1993, report contained 254 major recommendations affecting major government agencies. These recommendations are discussed in more detail in separate accompanying reports, which break these recommendations into about 835 specific action items. Of these action items, agencies report that 12 percent are complete and another 80 percent are in progress. Following are highlights of agency reinvention activities. Note: this is an edited file containing information on the intelligence community only.
INTEL01--Enhance Intelligence Community Integration
INTEL02--Enhance Community Responsiveness to Customers
INTEL03--Reassess Information Collection to Meet New Analytical Challenges
INTEL04--Integrate Intelligence Community Information Management Systems
INTEL05--Develop Integrated Personnel and Training Systems
INTEL06--Merge the President's Intelligence Oversight Board with the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
INTEL07--Improve Support to Ground Troops During Combat Operations
Agency Progress to Date
Like the Defense Department, the Intelligence Community has taken significant steps to reduce the size of its operations. The Central Intelligence Agency, for example, is using buyouts and other strategies to reduce its workforce more than 22 percent in the next five years. At the same time, offices throughout CIA are examining how to accomplish their missions in a more efficient manner. Streamlining efforts of one CIA component, for example, have resulted in savings of over 50,000 labor hours per year. The CIA anticipates that its quality initiatives in the data processing arena will save more than $15 million over a five-year period. Similar activities are happening elsewhere in the Intelligence Community. For instance, the National Security Agency saved nearly $1 million in investment--and is generating $2 million in annual revenue for the federal government--by reinventing a process for destroying classified computer chips and recovering precious metals.
To improve its effectiveness, the Intelligence Community has implemented a new National Intelligence Needs Process to better determine the needs of the customers of its intelligence information. To better serve its customers, it has created INTELINK, a major multimedia information service framework that will also provide for better integration of the various elements of the Intelligence Community. To streamline advice he receives, the President merged two intelligence advisory boards reporting to him.
In addition, the Intelligence Community has made gains in better coordinating security policy, programs, and budget through an executive committee. Its personnel staffs have created a coordinating committee to study ways to standardize personnel practices. For example, the Intelligence Community has published a unified testing plan that sets community-wide standards for foreign language proficiency. The community has also created a "reinvention lab" that works across intelligence agencies to improve support to ground troops during combat operations.