The first IG was appointed in 1952.
The Rockefeller Commission, Church Committee, and Pike Committee all recommended strengthening the office of OIG. Their criticisms included claims that the IG had few staff, was ignored, and was denied access to information. Their suggestions were not made into law.
The IG performed an investigation during the Iran Contra scandal in 1986/1987. Congress was unsatisfied with the IG performance during this time frame. Senators of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (especially Boren, Cohen, Specter, and Glenn) wrestled with how to improve the IG while not interfering with the work of the CIA. They tried to make a bill that would satisfy various members of congress and also not get vetoed by president George Bush. Senator Boren (chairman of SSCI) worked with Robert Gates who was deputy to Brent Scowcroft at the time. In 1989 a new IG law was passed with a more independent IG. The IG also would no longer be chosen by the Director of Central Intelligence but would instead be appointed by the President with 'advice and consent' of the Senate.
Global War on TerrorEdit
There were several controversies surrounding the IG during the years of the Global War on Terror.
The IG released a controversial report on failures of the intelligence community before 9/11.
2004 Inspector General ReportEdit
In 2004 the CIA OIG published a report on prisoner treatment in the Global War on Terror. It was entitled "CIA Inspector General Special Review: Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities". After a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, a less redacted version was declassified in 2009 and released to the public.
List of inspectors generalEdit
- John H. Waller 1976 July - ? 
- Charles A. Briggs 1980 January - ?
- James H. Taylor 1982 September - ?
- John H. Stein 1984 July - ?
- Carroll L. Hauver 1985 December - ?
- William F. Donnelly 1988 January - ?
- William F. Donnelly (Acting) 1989 December - ?
- Frederick P. Hitz 1990 November - 1998 
- Dawn Ellison (Acting) 1998 May - ?
- L. Britt Snider 1998 August - 2001
- Rebecca Donegan (Acting) 2001 January - ?
- Rebecca Donegan (Deputy IG) 2001 November - ?
- George Clark (Acting Deputy IG) 2002 January - ?
- John L. Helgerson 2002 April - 2009 March 
- David B. Buckley 2010 October- present
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Snider
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Miller, 2007
- ↑ "CIA Inspector General Special Review: Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities" at the ACLU web site
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 Council of the Inspectors General, Inspector General Historical Data, 2007 May
- ↑ Wines, 1990
- ↑ http://intelligence.senate.gov/press/record.cfm?id=263577
- ↑ Verton, 2001
- ↑ Panetta, Inspector General's Retirement
- Verton, Dan (2001-06-22). "CIA grappling with its role amid IT revolution". Computer World. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/print/61622/CIA_grappling_with_its_role_amid_IT_revolution?taxonomyId=17&taxonomyName=Security. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- Snider, L. Britt. "Creating a Statutory Inspector General at the CIA". CIA. https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/docs/v44i5a02p.htm#AuthorR. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- "CIA Inspector General Special Review: Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities". American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 2009. http://www.aclu.org/oigreport/. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- Panetta, Leon (2009-02-18). "Message from the Director: Inspector General’s Retirement". https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/directors-statement-on-ig-retirement.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- Greg Miller (2007-10-12). "The Nation - CIA inquiry targets its own watchdog". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2007/oct/12/nation/na-cia12. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- Wines, Michael (1990-11-30). "Independent Watchdog Takes Post at C.I.A.". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/30/us/independent-watchdog-takes-post-at-cia.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- "Inspector General Historical Data Federal Departments". ignet.gov. 2007-05-17. http://www.ignet.gov/igs/ighistory.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-25.