For other uses, see Oga (disambiguation).

OGA is an abbreviation used in the United States to signify Other Government Agency. mb,mbn/m,n.,mn., In government and military parlance it is often used to speak euphemistically of the Central Intelligence Agency, particularly when its operations in a particular area are an open secret.[1]

A CIA operative may have a need discreetly to reveal his or her origins; for example, if a CIA agent is embedded in a friendly military expeditionary unit, the agent will need the co-operation of the unit in order to conduct operations successfully. On the other hand, the agent must maintain as much secrecy as possible and cannot brag about his or her origins. The agent might therefore refer to him or herself as 'OGA'.

These agencies often recruit persons from special operations units in the United States military through small group meetings. Some of these units include but are not limited to Special Forces, the Navy SEALs, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the U.S. Army Scouts.

The term is frequently referenced in popular espionage fiction such as the works of Tom Clancy.

For U.S. importers, OGA also refers to government agencies other than U.S. Customs and Border Protection. OGAs include the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). In Canada the acronym OGD is used for Other Government Departments.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Nir Rosen (2003-08-24). "Unsavory allies stack CIA's deck". Retrieved 2003-08-24.  ;
    R. Jeffrey Smith (2004-06-09). "Soldier Described White House Interest". Yurica Report. Retrieved 2007-04-15.  ;
    William M. Arkin (2007-03-28). "Elite Terrorist Hunters in Iraq". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
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