Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

ABOUT

The Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) is a bureau of the Department of State and a member of the Intelligence Community (IC). It is the oldest civilian intelligence agency in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as well as one of the smallest, with roughly 300 personnel. In addition to supporting the policies and initiatives of the State Department, the INR contributes to the President’s Daily Briefings (PDB), ensures U.S. intelligence operations meet the nation’s foreign policy interests, and serves as the federal government’s primary source of foreign public opinion research and analysis. It reviews and publishes close to two million reports and produces about 3,500 intelligence assessments annually.

The Bureau is strictly analytical and does not engage in counterintelligence or espionage. The INR is headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research who reports directly to the secretary of state and serves as the secretary’s primary intelligence advisor. The Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s (INR) primary mission is to harness intelligence to serve U.S. diplomacy. Secretary of State George Marshall established INR in 1947. Also, the INR is a direct descendant of the Office of Strategic Services Research Department and the oldest civilian intelligence element in the U.S. Government.

Additionally, the INR provides value-added independent analysis of events to U.S. State Department policymakers; ensures that intelligence activities support foreign policy and national security purposes; and serves as the focal point in the State Department for ensuring policy review of sensitive counterintelligence and law enforcement activities around the world. The bureau directs the Department’s program of intelligence analysis and research, conducts liaison with the Intelligence Community, and represents the Department on committees and in interagency intelligence groups. The Bureau of Intelligence and Research also analyzes geographical and international boundary issues.

There are approximately 300 employees working for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research for the U.S. Department of State.

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ARRIVAL

The INR is located located at 2201 C Street NW in Washington DC, within the Harry S. Truman building, which houses all of the State Department offices. The closest major airport is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is located about 5 miles from the INR. The Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia is located about 20 miles northwest of Washington D.C.

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. In Maryland, the cities of Bethesda, Silver Spring, Bowie, and Odenton offer MARC stations making it easy to commute into DC.

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
 

For all schools in Washington, DC, to be eligible for kindergarten children must have turned five years old on or before September 30 of that same school year. The compulsory school age in the District of Columbia is age 5. For more information about school requirements, contact the local school district.

According to Maryland law (7-301: Compulsory Attendance), every child between the ages of 5 and 17 must attend school. All children who will be 5 years old by September 1 of any given year must attend school in either a licensed private or public school Kindergarten that year.

To be eligible for kindergarten in Virginia, students must have turned 5 years old on or before September 30. The compulsory school age for the state is 5. If a child will turn 5 by December 31 and the parent or guardian feels that he or she is ready for kindergarten, then there is an early entrance option. 

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/.

District of Columbia Public Schools (Information about DC area public schools)

DC Public Charter Schools

Maryland State Department of Education (Information about Maryland public schools)

Virginia Department of Education (Information about Virginia public schools)

 

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

 

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Washington DC Department of Health (202) 442-5955

Child and Family Services Agency (202) 442-6100
The Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is a cabinet-level agency within the District of Columbia government, dedicating itself to the safety, permanence, and well-being of children and families residing in the District.

Humane Rescue Alliance (202) 723-5730
The Humane Rescue Alliance protects animals, supports families, and advocates for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. We enrich the humanity of our communities by promoting compassion and encouraging people to find joy, comfort, and companionship through the love and appreciation of animals.

Metropolitan Police Department (202) 727-9099
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for the District of Columbia. The MPD has over 4,000 sworn and civilian members serving the city.

District of Columbia Public Library

Department of Motor Vehicles

Public Works, Sanitation and Utilities

Cable/Internet/Phone providers in the area:
DirecTV
Dish Network
Spectrum
Comcast Xfinity
RCN

Assistant Secretary (202) 647-9177 

Watch Office Director (202) 647-6955 

Administrative Liaison (202) 647-9012 

Executive Director (202) 647-1080 

 

Housing

Housing in the DC area can be quite expensive, but there are options available including apartments and condominiums. Many people who work in DC choose to live in northern Virginia or in some of the cities north or northeast of DC.

Falls Church, VA
8.4 miles from the INR

Falls Church is located west of Washington DC and has great neighborhoods with plenty of amenities nearby.

Beverly Hills in Alexandria, VA
7.7 miles from the INR

This safe and family-friendly neighborhood is made up of beautiful single-family homes that are well-maintained.

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Community

In Washington, D.C., the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 87°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 94°F. However, the summers can be hot and muggy, and the winters can be extremely cold and snowy.

DC experiences four distinct seasons each year. September, June and May are the most pleasant months, while January and February are the coldest. The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 87°F and a low of 66°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 25°F and high of 42°F.

The wetter season lasts 4.8 months, from April 1 to August 28, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The area receives about 43 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow, on average, per year. There are approximately 216 sunny days per year in this area of Maryland.

In Washington, DC, the overall cost of living index is 152, which is equal to the District of Columbia average and 52% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Washington, DC, the city’s goods and services are equal to the District of Columbia average and 23% higher than the U.S. average.

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. Also, just a short drive north of the zoo is the beautiful temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is located just off the I-495 beltway. Each December, the grounds are lit up with millions of lights, attracting thousands of visitors, who come to enjoy the vibrant colors and the warmth of the welcoming Visitor’s Center.

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!

Nestled between sprawling condo corridors and busy commercial strips lie 1,750 acres of forest called Rock Creek Park. One of the largest preserves in the nation. Its 29 miles of hiking trails and ten miles of bridle paths intersect a net of bicycle paths. On weekends, several park roads close to motor vehicles. Its central thoroughfare – Beach Drive – a major commuter cut-through during weekday rush hour, is a quiet route to picnic groves (some with barbecue facilities) and playing fields at other times.

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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