S. Rept. 101-219: Oversight Over Intelligence Activities, Report, November 20, 1989   [open pdf - 3MB]

"Early in 1987, the Chairman and Vice Chairman conducted a comprehensive review of the Committee procedures and initiated a series of reforms which were adopted by the Committee. First, bi-partisanship in approaching national security issues was enhanced by a decision that all staff positions would be considered non-partisan', except for the positions of Staff Director and Minority Staff Director. [...] Second, a major effort was begun to strengthen procedures for the safeguarding of classified information and to prevent unauthorized leaks and disclosure of such information. [...] Third, the Committee established a systematic quarterly review of all covert action programs. [...] Fourth, for the first time the committee established its own internal audit team with the ability to conduct independent audits of intelligence programs. [...] As a result of the Iran-Contra affair, the Committee conducted a thorough review of the laws and procedure for covert action. The most significant of these actions was the Committee's voting out of S. 1721, the Oversight Act of 1988, which the Senate then adopted by a vote of 71-19. A section outlining the important issues involved in this matter can be found in this report. [...] In total, the SSCI [Senate Select Committee on Intelligence] conducted a total of 206 on-the-record meetings and hearings during the 100th Congress. The INF Treaty [Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles] alone required 48 such sessions; 108 were held for oversight; 22 business meetings were conducted; and 14 hearings reviewed the budget requests of the intelligence community."

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