February 5, 2009
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) was appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The appointment will allow Smith to engage in deeper and broader oversight and policy development on a wide range of national security issues.
“It’s an honor to be appointed to the Intelligence Committee,” said Congressman Adam Smith. “I look forward to helping provide the intelligence community with the resources and tools they need to ensure our safety, as well as to conducting rigorous oversight to ensure our intelligence system works and that Americans’ basic freedoms are protected.”
Currently, Smith serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, in which he oversees America’s Special Operation Forces and their lead role in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency policy. The appointment to the Intelligence Committee will bolster Smith’s ability to conduct comprehensive oversight and shape policy on these and other critical national security issues.
HPSCI was created on July 14, 1977 to oversee intelligence and intelligence-related activities and programs, submit appropriate proposals for legislation and report to the House on intelligence-related activities and programs.
HPSCI has exclusive jurisdiction over the National Intelligence Program (NIP), the budget program for national-level intelligence programs, and all legislative activity affecting or relating to how the U.S. Government collects intelligence. HPSCI shares responsibilities with the Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, and Homeland Security and works in conjunction with the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. These inter-committee interactions are a vital means of coordination and essential to Unites States national security.