Following Hitz’s graduation from law school, he entered the Career Training Program at the CIA and served in the clandestine service in Africa. He returned to law practice in 1974 but re-entered government service in congressional liaison capacities with the State, Defense, and Energy departments before resuming his career at the CIA in 1978 as Legislative Counsel to the Director of Central Intelligence.
Hitz was appointed the first statutory Inspector General of the CIA by President George H.W. Bush. He served in that capacity from 1990-1998, when he retired. Hitz’s prior academic appointments include lecturing at the University of Ife in Ibadan, Nigeria and serving as Senior Faculty Fellow at Butler College, Princeton University.
Hitz graduated from Princeton University with a BA in 1961 and received his JD from Harvard Law School.