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The Hill Has Eyes: Congressional Oversight of Intelligence

  • Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Amphitheater 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)

A reception will follow the panel discussion. Registration is free but required for entry, register here.

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.

  • Michael Morell (moderator), former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA, and current Hayden Center Senior Fellow.

  • Saxby Chambliss, former Senator from Georgia (2003-2015) and 12-year member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as vice chair from 2011 to 2014; former Representative for Georgia's 8th District (1995-2002) and 8-year member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

  • Jane Harman, former Representative for California's 36th congressional district (1993-1999; 2001-2011) who served eight years on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as ranking member from 2003 to 2007.

  • Bill Nelson, former Senator from Florida (2001-2019) and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 2007 to 2012.

  • Mike Rogers, former Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district (2001-2015) and 10-year member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as chair from 2011 to 2015.

A reception will follow the panel discussion. Registration is free but required for entry.


Do I need to bring my ticket?

Yes, you will need to show a printed ticket or the ticket on your smartphone to check in.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
More information on visiting the Ronald Reagan Building can be found at https://itcdc.com/visit/.

How do I contact the organizer of the event?
If you have any questions or comments, please contact hayden@gmu.edu.

What if I can no longer attend the event?
Given that this will be a high-demand event, if you can't attend, it's easy to cancel your registration from your Eventbrite account. Just log in to Eventbrite, go to the Tickets page, and locate your order. Click your order to view order details, and then select "Cancel Order" to cancel your registration.

How can I learn more about GMU's Schar School and the Hayden Center?
Please visit the Schar School website https://schar.gmu.edu/. You can learn more about the Hayden center at https://haydencenter.gmu.edu/.