Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community
Amy Zegart examines the weaknesses of US intelligence oversight and why those deficiencies have persisted, despite the unprecedented importance of intelligence in today's environment. She argues that many of the biggest oversight problems lie with Congress—the institution, not the parties or personalities—showing how Congress has collectively and persistently tied its own hands in overseeing intelligence.
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111th Congress 19 August Aaron Wildavsky Accessed agency’s American Appropriations Committee appropriations subcommittee billion bills bureaucrats Church Committee CIA’s classified Committee on Intelligence committee’s Cong Congress’s oversight congressional committee Congressional Directory congressional oversight Constitution Director of National divided government earmarks electoral incentives executive branch expertise Federal fire alarm oversight foreign policy Homeland Security House and Senate House Intelligence Committee House Permanent Select intelligence agencies Intelligence Community intelligence officials intelligence oversight intelligence policy interest groups Interview by author Lee Hamilton legislators lobbyists majority leader McCubbins and Schwartz Median ADA Scores Nancy Pelosi National Intelligence national security noted oversee oversight activities party percent Permanent Select Committee police patrol policy areas policy domains policy issues political science president Press programs re-election reform Report Republicans Senate Intelligence Committee Senate Select Committee served SSCI staffer term limits terrorist U.S. Congress U.S. GPO U.S. Intelligence voters Washington weak Weingast Zegart