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Director of National Intelligence
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence.svg
Seal of the Director of National Intelligence
Avril Haines portrait.jpg
Incumbent
Avril Haines

since January 21, 2021
United States Intelligence Community
Member of Cabinet
National Security Council (NSC)
Reports to President of the United States
Seat Washington, D.C.
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Constituting instrument 50 U.S.C. § 3023
Precursor Director of Central Intelligence (DCI)
Formation April 22, 2005
First holder John Negroponte
Deputy Susan M. Gordon, Principal Deputy Director

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is the United States government official subject to the authority, direction and control of the President who is responsible under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 for:

  • Serving as the principal adviser to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to the national security;
  • Serving as the head of the sixteen-member Intelligence Community; and
  • Overseeing and directing the National Intelligence Program.


Directors of National Intelligence

No. Director Term of office Days in office
(yrs, dys)
Rank by length of term President(s) served under
Position succeeded the Director of Central Intelligence
1 John Negroponte official portrait.jpg John Negroponte April 21, 2005 – February 13, 2007
663 days
(1 year, 298 days)
4
George W. Bush
2 Mike McConnell, official ODNI photo portrait (cropped).jpg Mike McConnell February 13, 2007 – January 27, 2009
714 days
(1 year, 349 days)
3
3 Dennis Blair official Director of National Intelligence portrait (cropped).jpg Dennis C. Blair January 29, 2009 – May 28, 2010
484 days
(1 year, 119 days)
5
Barack Obama
David Gompert official portrait (cropped).jpg David Gompert
Acting
May 28, 2010 – August 5, 2010 n/a n/a
4 James R. Clapper official portrait (cropped).jpg James Clapper August 5, 2010 – January 20, 2017
2,360 days
(6 years, 168 days)
1
Michael Dempsey (cropped).jpg Mike Dempsey
Acting
January 20, 2017 – March 16, 2017 n/a n/a Donald Trump
5 Dan Coats official DNI portrait (cropped).jpg Dan Coats March 16, 2017 – August 15, 2019
882 days
(2 years, 152 days)
2
Joseph Maguire official photo (cropped).jpg Joseph Maguire
Acting
August 16, 2019 – February 20, 2020 n/a n/a
Richard Grenell official portrait (cropped).jpg Richard Grenell
Acting
February 20, 2020 – May 26, 2020 n/a n/a
6 John Ratcliffe official photo (cropped).jpg John Ratcliffe May 26, 2020 – January 20, 2021
239 days
(239 days)
6
Lora Shiao.jpg Lora Shiao
Acting
January 20, 2021 n/a n/a Joe Biden
7 Avril Haines portrait.jpg Avril Haines January 21, 2021 – present
483 days
7

     Denotes an Acting Director of National Intelligence

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