Intelligence Reform and Oversight: The View from Congress

Jane Harman Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA); Chair, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment, Committee on Homeland Security
Peter Hoekstra Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-MI); Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Joseph J. Helman National Intelligence Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) produced the most far reaching reform of the U.S. intelligence community in nearly 60 years. Join Representatives Jane Harman and Peter Hoekstra, principal leaders of the legislative process that resulted in the IRTPA, to appraise the legislation's achievements and examine the obstacles to implementation. This special discussion will be the final meeting of the Council series, "U.S. National Intelligence: Progress and Challenges."

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