For decades, Congress's role in overseeing the US Intelligence Community (IC) has been debated widely. While a critical component for ensuring accountability of the IC, the oversight structures implemented following
For decades, Congress’s role in overseeing the US Intelligence Community (IC) has been debated widely. While a critical component for ensuring accountability of the IC, the oversight structures implemented following the 1975 Church and Pike Committees have created an often contentious relationship between Congress and US intelligence agencies. The 9/11 Commission labeled congressional intelligence oversight as “dysfunctional,” yet many of the issues present prior to 9/11 remain the same today. Solving these problems is no simple task, as the Intelligence Committees face the challenge of providing oversight in classified form while public demands for transparency are ever increasing. How do the committees keep pace with the sprawling growth of intelligence agencies amidst their own staffing challenges and, at times, limited access to intelligence information? How have partisan politics affected the ability of oversight committees to do their job in recent years?
Please join the Schar School of Policy and Government and the Michael V. Hayden Center on Monday, March 11th for a panel discussion on congressional intelligence oversight. Part of the Hayden Center’s Accountability of Intelligence Series, this discussion will feature former members of the Senate and House intelligence committees, who will deliberate how congressional oversight has improved the IC’s performance over the years, the limitations of today’s oversight committees, and what can be done to improve oversight going forward.
(Monday) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Amphitheater, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
The Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University