Porter Goss was sworn in Friday to head the CIA and lead an intelligence community that has faced intense criticism for faulty information _ and failing to share good information it did gather _ before the Sept. 11 attacks and the war in Iraq.
Goss, 65, has said his priorities will be improving the agency's network of people able to recruit spies and gain information _ so-called human intelligence versus high-tech information gleaned by satellites.
Part of that, he told Congress during his confirmation hearings, is working to ensure the intelligence agencies have enough people who can speak the necessary languages. He also has pledged to improve information sharing across the federal government and with state and local governments.
In addition to serving as CIA director, Goss will assume the role as head of a loose confederation of 14 other agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community.
Since 1989, Goss has represented southwest Florida in the House, most recently serving for nearly eight years as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The Senate approved his nomination Wednesday.
A former CIA and Army intelligence officer during the 1960s, Goss is the second congressman to lead the CIA after former President Bush.
Accompanied by his wife, Mariel, and other family members in the Oval Office, Goss was sworn in by White House chief of staff Andy Card as President Bush stood nearby.