The Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Mike Rogers (MI), announced this week an agreement that will more closely tie the Intelligence Committee overseers with the Congressional appropriators who provide the funding for the Intelligence Community.
The move means Rodney will participate in House Intelligence Committee hearings and briefings, in addition to his other Appropriations Committee duties. This new arrangement replaces the former Select Intelligence Oversight Panel (SIOP) which was disbanded earlier this year.
"This partnership will knit together the Intelligence Committee with the Appropriators and will allow key appropriators important insights into the intelligence community which they fund," said Chairman Mike Rogers. "The 9/11 Commission recommended that the Congressional authorization and appropriation committees work more closely on intelligence matters. I am looking forward to working closely with Congressmen Frelinghuysen to eliminate the "daylight' that existed between our intelligence bills in the past," said Rogers.
HPSCI Ranking Member Ruppersburger (MD) said, "We must ensure our committees are coordinating and communicating to make certain we are giving our intelligence professionals the resources, tools and capabilities they need to keep our country safe."