Central Intelligence Agency

1000 Colonial Farm Rd, McLean, VA 22101

ABOUT

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. CIA Headquarters is located in the community of Langley in the city of McClean, Virginia. The Headquarters complex was named the George Bush Center for Intelligence on April 26, 1999 for George H. W. Bush, who had served as the Director of Central Intelligence for 357 days, and later served as both the 43rd Vice President of the United States and the 41st President of the United States.

The headquarters is a conglomeration of the Original Headquarters Building (OHB) and the New Headquarters Building (NHB) that sits on a total of 258 acres of land. “Langley” is the name of the McLean neighborhood in which the CIA resides. The town of McLean was founded in 1910, but before then, the area where CIA Headquarters is located was known as Langley.

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is nominated by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director manages the operations, personnel, and budget of the Central Intelligence Agency and reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

The CIA is separated into five basic components: the Directorate of Operations, the Directorate of Analysis, the Directorate of Science & Technology, the Directorate of Support, and the Directorate of Digital Innovation. They carry out “the intelligence cycle,” the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top US government officials. Unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is a domestic security service, the CIA has no law enforcement function and is mainly focused on overseas intelligence gathering, with only limited domestic intelligence collection.

In addition, the CIA maintains several staffs that deal with public affairs, human resources, protocol, congressional affairs, legal issues, information management, and internal oversight.

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ARRIVAL

Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County, is the third worst congested traffic area in the nation, in terms of percentage of congested roadways and time spent in traffic. Of the lane miles in the region, 44 percent are rated “F” or worst for congestion. Northern Virginia residents spend an average of 46 hours a year stuck in traffic.

To make commuting easier, northern Virginia has several toll roads and many commuters use an EZ-Pass to cut down on costs and traffic time. You can learn more about how to obtain an EZ-Pass here.

Several major highways run through Fairfax County, including the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495), Interstate 66, Interstate 95, and Interstate 395. The American Legion Bridge connects Fairfax to Montgomery County, Maryland. The George Washington Memorial Parkway, Dulles Toll Road, and Fairfax County Parkway are also major arteries. Other notable roads include Braddock Road, Old Keene Mill Road, Little River Turnpike, State Routes 7, 28, and 123, and US Routes 1, 29, and 50.

The Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) lies partly within Fairfax County and provides most air service to the county. The CIA Headquarters is about 20 miles east, or about a 30-minute drive by car.

Fairfax is also served by two other airports in the Washington area, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Fairfax County has multiple public transportation services, including the Washington Metro’s Orange, Blue, Yellow, and Silver lines. The Silver line, which runs through the Tysons Corner and Reston areas of the county, opened in 2014 as the first new Washington Metro line since the Green Line opened in 1991.

In addition, the VRE (Virginia Railway Express) provides commuter rail service to Union Station in Washington, D.C., with stations in Fairfax County. The VRE’s Fairfax County stations are Lorton and Franconia/Springfield on the Fredericksburg line, and Burke Centre, Rolling Road, and Backlick Road on the Manassas line.

Fairfax County contracts its bus service called the Fairfax Connector to Transdev. The county also is served by WMATA’s Metrobus service.

Nearby Washington DC offers several different public transportation options, including bus and train service. To learn more about the Metrobus and Metrorail systems, visit this page. Many people who work in the DC area choose to commute using the many different transportation options available. Odenton, Bowie in Maryland are popular cities for commuters into Washington DC. 

In addition, there are several areas located south in Virginia where many employees choose to live. Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fredericksburg are all popular cities south and west of the DC area.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

Virginia’s compulsory attendance law states that all children who are five years old on or before September 30 of the school year must be enrolled in school. This could include public school, private school, a public or private preschool program, a private tutor, or home instruction. 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

Alexandria City Public Schools

Arlington Public Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools

Falls Church City Public Schools

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
This prestigious high school is a Virginia Governor’s School due to the extraordinary number of National Merit Semi-finalists and Finalists, the high average SAT scores of its students, and the number of students who annually perform nationally recognized research in the sciences and in engineering.

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
 

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars. 

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too. 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

Fairfax County, Virginia

Virginia Department of Health (800) 222-1222.
The Mission of the Virginia Department of Health is to protect the health and promote the well-being of all people in Virginia. The agency’s vision statement is “Become the healthiest state in the nation.”

Fairfax County Public Library (703) 324-3100

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office (703) 246-3227

Humane Society of Fairfax County (703) 385-7387

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Fairfax County Voter Registration

Utilities in Fairfax County
Dominion Virginia Power (866) 366-4357
Washington Gas Light Company (703) 750-1000
Fairfax Water (703) 698-5613
Residential Wastewater Management (703) 323-1211

Cable/Internet/Phone providers in Fairfax County:
Comcast
Cox of Northern Virginia
Verizon

For a complete list of all of the utility and cable providers in Fairfax County, visit this page.

CIA Customer Service (703) 482-0623  

Housing

Northern Virginia offers many different housing options including townhomes, single-family homes, apartments and condominiums. Housing can be expensive, but there are many communities in the surrounding area. In addition, Northern Virginia is also known for having long commute times due to the highly congested highways and roads.

Falls Church, VA
9.1 miles from Langley

Located south of Langley, Falls Church offers plenty of housing options, including single-family homes, townhomes, and apartment for rent with shopping nearby.

Reston, VA
13.2 miles from Langley

Located west of Langley, Reston is a popular place to live with quick access to major roads, lots of shopping and good schools. Without traffic, it is about a 25-minute drive.

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Community

In McLean, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 87°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 95°F. The best times of year to visit McLean for warm-weather activities are for the entire month of June and from early August to late September.

The wetter season lasts 4.4 months, from April 10 to August 21, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 17. The drier season lasts 7.6 months, from August 21 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20%on October 20.

On average, McLean gets about 44 inches of rain and 20 inches of snow per year. McLean gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 117 days per year. In addition, McLean experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity. In McLean, there are 94.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Virginia.

Residents in McLean, VA enjoy a cost of living index of 216. This index is 100% higher than the Virginia average, and 116% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in McLean, VA, the average cost of goods and services is 13% higher than it is in Virginia, and it is 13% higher than the national average.

McClean, Virginia is located in Fairfax County and is home to many diplomats, businessmen, members of Congress, and high-ranking government officials partially due to its proximity to Washington, D.C. and the Central Intelligence Agency. McLean is often distinguished by its luxury homes and its nearby high-profit shopping destinations: the Tysons Corner Center and the Tysons Galleria. The two McLean zip codes – 22101 and 22102 – are among the most expensive ZIP Codes in Virginia and the United States.

Tysons Corner is the county’s largest office market and the nation’s largest suburban business district with 26,600,000 square feet of office space. Every weekday, Tysons Corner draws over 100,000 workers from around the region. It also draws 55,000 shoppers every weekday as it is home to neighboring super-regional malls Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria.

Also, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in nearby Chantilly, Virginia is a Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum that offers free admission. Two large hangars display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Northern Virginia has many outdoor activities available, including hiking, bird watching, boating, camping and fishing. Great Falls is a beautiful park in McClean that is operated by the National Park Service. The Maryland side of Great Falls is part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and is located in Potomac, MD.

Just a short drive from McClean, the nation’s capital offers a large variety of places to visit, including museums, historic landmarks, art galleries and memorials. In addition, most of the museums and monuments are free to the public and are popular destinations each year, drawing in millions of visitors. Places to visit include the Lincoln MemorialGeorge Washington’s Mount Vernon, the newly built Museum of the Bible, the National Harbor, and the Smithsonian Museums.

While there’s no admission charge to enter the 19 museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, they’re merely a fraction of the many free things to do in the area. For example, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free to the public and is a popular family-friendly attraction located in northwest Washington, D.C. And, be sure to stop by the Washington National Cathedral, which prominently and majestically stands at the crossroads of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest quadrant of Washington. Tours are available at a minimal cost, and are well-worth your time!

For more information about things to do in the area and for a more complete list of attractions and sites to see, you can visit this helpful website:

Visit Washington, D.C.

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