In a move that will outlive the Obama administration, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last week signed a charter for its new Intelligence Community Transparency Council tasked with “ensuring that transparency becomes a comprehensive and sustainable practice within the Intelligence Community.”

The charter, signed April 5 by ODNI Director James Clapper, is the fulfillment of a two-year process involving creation of principles and an implementation plan that assembles representatives from each of the 17 intelligence agencies in the community.

The new council will meet at least six times a year to help ensure that the “public has information that clearly represents the mission, authorities and oversight mechanisms that direct and guide the intelligence community, as appropriate, while underscoring that all transparency efforts protect intelligence sources, methods, and activities consistent with counterintelligence principles.”

The body will make recommendations to intel community leaders on transparency initiatives and practices, while coordinating their implementation. Members will serve terms of at least two years to the council, chaired by the Intel Community’s transparency officer. The charter lasts for five years.

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