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Representative Miller: The President Should Welcome Another Set of Eyes on the Intelligence Community

August 4, 2010 


POGO is pleased to see that some Members of Congress are not giving up without a fight for their oversight powers.

The Washington Post has published a letter by Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee’s Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, in support of legislative reforms that would clarify the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) role in congressional oversight of the intelligence community.

From Rep. Miller’s letter:

Intelligence agencies and successive administrations have fiercely resisted congressional oversight. The agencies do not just resist oversight of their "sources and methods," the disclosure of which might well compromise national security, but they resist checks on essentially all of their operations…. The GAO has the resources and expertise needed for effective oversight and knows how to keep secrets. The president should welcome another set of eyes on the intelligence community.

This reform, which is part of both the Intelligence and Defense Authorization bills (both of which are pending in Congress), is something that POGO has been following closely. It is our understanding that the GAO will greatly assist the Congress in conducting oversight that unmasks problems such as national security threats, civil liberties violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and gaps in information sharing.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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