President Truman created the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947 to coordinate the government's efforts to collect information about other countries. An independent agency, the CIA is on the frontlines of national security. The agency is held accountable by the president and the public through Congressional intelligence committees. While the CIA's activities may be classified, learning about the agency is easy through their Web site. Learn about the structure of the organization and read the frequently asked questions for answers to common queries. The CIA also publishes invaluable reference material, including the World Factbook and Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments.