Security Information Service

The Security Information Service (BIS) (Czech: Bezpečnostní informační služba), is the primary domestic national intelligence agency of the Czech Republic.[3] It is responsible for collecting, analyzing, reporting and disseminating intelligence on threats to Czech Republic's national security, and conducting operations, covert and overt, both domestically and abroad. It also reports to and advises the Government of the Czech Republic on national security issues and situations that threaten the security of the nation.

The BIS headquarters is located in Stodůlky, Prague 5. The Security Information Service reports directly to the Government, Prime Minister and President of the Czech Republic and is overseen by the Permanent Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.[a]

Security Information Service
Bezpečnostní informační služba
BIS logo
Seal of the Security Information Service
Agency overview
Formed30 July 1994
Preceding agencies
  • Security Information Service of the Czech Republic (1992)
  • (Czechoslovak) Federal Security Information Service
JurisdictionGovernment of the Czech Republic
HeadquartersPrague, Czech Republic
MottoAudi, Vide, Tace
 (Hear, See, Be silent)
Employees800 (estimate)[1]
Annual budget$65 million (as of 2017)[2]
Agency executive
  • Michal Koudelka, Director
Parent agencynone

Command, control and organization

The BIS is a statutory body under the Act No. 154/1994 Coll., on the Security Information Service and it is strictly apolitical and has no police powers - BIS cannot detain, arrest or interrogate suspects. The service reports to the Government, Prime Minister and President of the Czech Republic and its activities are regulated and controlled by the Government, Permanent Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and its own internal audit.[5] The service is headed by the Director who is appointed by the Prime Minister with consent of the Committee on Security of the Chamber of Deputies.[6]

The current Director is Michal Koudelka, serving since 15 August 2016, after being sworn in by the Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.[7]


The Security Information Service performs duties associated with the analysis, democracy and constitutionality, terrorism, counter-intelligence, cybersecurity, organized crime, proliferation and use of strategically important intelligence regarding the fields of politics, economics and intelligence within the territory of the Czech Republic.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Spurný, Jaroslav. "Pro koho pracuje BIS". Respekt (in Czech). Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  2. ^ "Zákon o státním rozpočtu České republiky na rok 2017" (in Czech). Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  3. ^ "What we do". BIS. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Permanent Commission on Oversight over the work of the Security Information Service". Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Audit and Oversight". BIS. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Věrná služba ředitele BIS" (in Czech). Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Michal Koudelka becomes new head of counter-intelligence service". Czech Radio. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  8. ^ "About us". BIS. Retrieved 25 September 2015.

External links


  1. ^ The official translated name into English is the Permanent Commission on Oversight over the work of the Security Information Service.[4]
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In the 1970s and 80's he used explosives to destroy various propaganda symbols of communism and distributed anti-communist leaflets; he got caught and was tried four times, received various forms of punishment including imprisonment; he served a grand total of 40 months in prison. After his release from prison in 1987 he signed the Charter 77 proclamation. Even when he wasn't imprisoned he suffered extensive discrimination from the Czech communist authorities and their Secret Police (StB). He was eventually rehabilitated of all the communist era convictions and they were rendered null and void.

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