S. Rept. 104-4: Oversight Over Intelligence Activities, Report, January 18, 1995   [open pdf - 236KB]

"Over the past several years, Committee Members and staff have visited with officials from a large number of foreign governments to discuss the Congressional oversight process of the U.S. Intelligence Community. In response to the growing number of requests received from foreign governments for information regarding the U.S. system of oversight, and at the direction of Senator DeConcini, the Committee produced a booklet entitled 'Legislative Oversight of Intelligence Activities: The U.S. Experience.' The booklet contains a narrative which traces the evolution and accomplishments of the congressional intelligence committees, and explains how the committees are organized and function. The Committee was instrumental in making more intelligence-related information available to the public. The Committee accomplished this by holding an unprecedented number of hearings and briefings that were open to the public. In addition, the Committee took the lead in a number of efforts to declassify previously classified material by the Executive Branch. In total, the Committee has worked with the Executive Branch to declassify and make available to the public over 36,400 pages of material. [...] In conclusion, this report demonstrates the wide range of issues the Committee dealt with during the 103rd Congress. The Committee continued to carry out its responsibilities in the same bipartisan manner that has characterized its work since its inception, and, for the most part, received excellent cooperation from the Intelligence Community. Rarely did the Committee receive information that it had requested in less than a timely and complete manner. Overall, the close working relationship between the Committee and the Intelligence Community, so essential to the conduct of legislative oversight, has continued. While the future will hold new challenges for both institutions, the experience during the 103rd Congress provides a good foundation for the years to follow."

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