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OCA 88-2475 

2 8JUL1988 

The Honorable Jack Brooks 
Chairman 

Committee on Government Operations 
House of Representatives 
Washington, D.C. 20515 

Dear Mr. Chairman: 

The Director has asked me to respond to your 28 April 1988 
letter requesting a review of the General Accounting Office's 
(GAO) report on administrative support services overseas. 

At your request, the appropriate officials in our 
Directorate of Administration reviewed this GAO report with 
interest and concern. As you are aware, the Central 
Intelligence Agency's (CIA) relationship with the Department 
of State spans many years of cooperation and support. On 
balance, the CIA has been pleased with the support from the 
Department of State and finds the cost fairly reasonable.- The 
Agency's relationship with other government entities, 
especially when they involve such sensitivity, is subject to 
the close and continuing scrutiny of the House and Senate 
Intelligence Committees. 

The Agency considers the recommendations contained in the 
GAO report to be consistent with sound management and 
accounting practice, and in our estimation, they have merit. 

We certainly agree that any effort to better identify costs 
and related program benefits is most worthy of consideration. 


Sincerely , 



John L. Helgerson 
Director of Congressional Affairs 



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MAjtffjMTY MEMBERS 
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JOHN CONYERS. JR!. MICHIGAN 
CARDISS COLLINS. ILLINOIS 
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Congress of the United States 

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COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS 


2157 Rayburn House Office Building 
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April 28, 1988 



Honorable William H. Webster * 

Director of Central Intelligence i; 

Central Intelligence Agency j 

Washington, D.C. 20505 j 

Dear Mr. Webster: 

Over the years the Committee on Government Operations has taken an active interest in 
improving the management of U.S. Government operations overseas, both in the quality of 
services provided and in their cost effectiveness. 

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In an effort to avoid duplication and the unnecessary costs associated with it, the l 

Committee has encouraged agencies operating overseas to participate in shared I 

administrative support services. It has been disappointing, therefore, to continue to 
learn of problems associated with these support services. I am convinced that the 
potential for consolidating management services overseas remains. Unfortunately, however, 
consolidating services, particularly in developing countries, continues to be troublesome. 


Recently, I requested the General Accounting Office to conduct a study of 
administrative support services overseas. A copy of the GAO report is enclosed. I would 
be most interested in knowing of your experience with administrative support services 
overseas and, in particular, having your comments on the the report. In view of your * 

agency's commitments overseas, I would appreciate receiving any specific suggestions you 
may have as to hew the process of sharing administrative support services can be improved. 


Your early reply would be greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, with every good wish to 
you, I am 


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GAO 


United States General Accounting Office 

Report to the Chairman, Legislation and 
National Security Subcommittee, 
Committee on Government Operations 


OVERSEAS SUPPORT 

Current U.S. 
Administrative 
Support System Is Too 
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