ACCESSION NUMBER:342365 FILE ID:TXT303 DATE:05/04/94 TITLE:CLINTON SIGNS PRESIDENTIAL DECISION ON COUNTERINTELLIGENCE (05/04/94) TEXT:*94050403.TXT CLINTON SIGNS PRESIDENTIAL DECISION ON COUNTERINTELLIGENCE (Text: Statement by White House Press Secretary) (290) Washington -- President Clinton has signed a presidential directive to foster cooperation and coordination among all U.S. counterintelligence agencies in the wake of the Aldrich Ames espionage case, the White House says. In a statement issued May 3, the White House said that the directive creates a new national counterintelligence policy structure under the National Security Council, a new National Counterintelligence Center to be led initially by a senior executive of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the exchange of senior managers between the Central Intelligence Agency and the FBI. Following is the text of the White House statement. (begin text) President Clinton signed today a Presidential Decision Directive on U.S. counterintelligence effectiveness to foster increased cooperation, coordination and accountability among all U.S. counterintelligence agencies. The president has directed the creation of a new counterintelligence policy structure under the auspices of the National Security Council. In addition, he has directed the creation of a new National Counterintelligence Center, initially to be led by a senior executive of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Finally, the President's Decision Directive requires that exchange of senior managers between the CIA and the FBI to ensure timely and close coordination between the intelligence and law enforcement communities. The president's decision to take these significant steps of restructuring U.S. counterintelligence policy and interagency coordination, followed a Presidential Review of U.S. counterintelligence in the wake of the Aldrich Ames espionage investigation. The president, in issuing this directive has taken immediate steps to improve our ability to counter both traditional and new threats to our nation's security in the post-Cold War era. (end text) NNNN .