The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), also known as the House Intelligence Committee, is a committee of the United States House of Representatives, currently chaired by Devin Nunes. It is the primary committee in the U.S. House of Representatives charged with the oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, though it does share some jurisdiction with other committees in the House, including the Armed Services Committee for some matters dealing with the Department of Defense and the various branches of the U.S. military. The committee was preceded by the Select Committee on Intelligence between 1975 and 1977. House Resolution 658 established the permanent select committee, which gave it status equal to a standing committee on July 14, 1977.


1 Jurisdiction 2 History 3 Committee members

3.1 115th Congress 3.2 114th Congress

4 Subcommittees 5 Chairs

5.1 Select Committee Chairs 5.2 Permanent Select Committee Chairs

6 See also 7 Notes 8 External links


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The committee oversees all or part of the following executive branch departments and agencies:

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History[edit] Prior to establishing the permanent select committee in 1977, the House of Representatives established the "Select Committee on Intelligence", commonly referred to as the "Pike Committee", so named after its last chairman, Otis G. Pike of New York. The select committee had originally been established in February 1975 under the chairmanship of Congressman Lucien Nedzi of Michigan. Following Nedzi's resignation in June, the committee was reconstituted with Pike as chair, in July 1975, with its mandate expiring January 31, 1976. Under Pike's chairmanship, the committee investigated illegal activities by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI). The final report of the Pike Committee was never officially published, due to Congressional opposition. However, unauthorized versions of the draft final report were leaked to the press. CBS News
CBS News
reporter Daniel Schorr was called to testify before Congress, but refused to divulge his source.[1] Major portions of the report were published by The Village Voice, and a full copy of the draft was published in England. The HPSCI during the 1980s worked to gain privileges to covert action notifications of the CIA, as well as strengthening the role of the committee in intelligence agency funding. Under the Reagan administration, the HPSCI and United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) worked with the Director of Central Intelligence William J. Casey
William J. Casey
on what was known as the "Casey Accords". The accords required that covert action findings were to be accompanied by "scope papers" that included a risk/gain assessment of each such activity. However, the deal was not acceptable for the HPSCI, and after the Iran-contra scandal, more pressure was placed on strengthening the oversight committees.[2] In 2017, the committee was tasked along with the SSCI to determine the degree of Russian interference in 2016 US elections.[3] The committee also has been investigating allegations of wiretapping of President Donald Trump
Donald Trump
as well as ties between Russian officials and members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.[4][5] The committee has come under intense scrutiny in 2017-2018 due to allegations of partisanship and leaks of classified information by members of the committee and their staff. In March 2018, the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections was abruptly ended by the committee's Republican members despite the assertion by Democratic members that the investigation was incomplete and had failed to properly go about gathering pertinent information. Notably, House Intelligence Republicans released a draft of their investigatory report which broke in some areas from the findings of the U.S. Intelligence Community and was written without the input of House Democrats.[6][7] In the wake of bitter divides in the committee's findings, House Intelligence Republican congressman Tom Rooney claimed the committee had "lost all credibility" and had become "a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day's news."[8] Committee members[edit] 115th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Devin Nunes, California, Chair Mike Conaway, Texas Peter King, New York Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey Rick Crawford, Arkansas Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Tom Rooney, Florida Will Hurd, Texas Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Mike Turner, Ohio Brad Wenstrup, Ohio Chris Stewart, Utah Elise Stefanik, New York

Adam Schiff, California, Ranking Member Jim Himes, Connecticut Terri Sewell, Alabama André Carson, Indiana Jackie Speier, California Mike Quigley, Illinois Eric Swalwell, California Joaquín Castro, Texas Denny Heck, Washington

Source: U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: HPSCI Majority and Minority Members. 114th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Devin Nunes, California, Chair Jeff Miller, Florida Mike Conaway, Texas Peter King, New York Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia Tom Rooney, Florida Joe Heck, Nevada Mike Pompeo, Kansas Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Mike Turner, Ohio Brad Wenstrup, Ohio Chris Stewart, Utah

Adam Schiff, California, Ranking Member Luis Gutiérrez, Illinois Jim Himes, Connecticut Terri Sewell, Alabama André Carson, Indiana Jackie Speier, California Mike Quigley, Illinois Eric Swalwell, California Patrick Murphy, Florida

Ex officio

Paul Ryan, Wisconsin

Nancy Pelosi, California


Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member

The CIA Frank LoBiondo
Frank LoBiondo
(R-NJ) Eric Swalwell
Eric Swalwell

Department of Defense, Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Chris Stewart (R-UT) Terri Sewell
Terri Sewell

Emerging Threats Peter T. King
Peter T. King
(R-NY) André Carson
André Carson

The NSA and Cybersecurity Tom Rooney (R-FL) Jim Himes
Jim Himes

Chairs[edit] Select Committee Chairs[edit]

Lucien N. Nedzi
Lucien N. Nedzi
(February 1975 – July 1975) Otis G. Pike (July 1975 – January 1976)

Permanent Select Committee Chairs[edit]

Edward P. Boland
Edward P. Boland
(D) (1977–1985) Lee H. Hamilton
Lee H. Hamilton
(D) (1985–1987) Louis Stokes
Louis Stokes
(D) (1987–1989) Anthony C. Beilenson
Anthony C. Beilenson
(D) (1989–1991) David K. McCurdy
David K. McCurdy
(D) (1991–1993) Dan Glickman
Dan Glickman
(D) (1993–1995) Larry Combest
Larry Combest
(R) (1995–1997) Porter Goss
Porter Goss
(R) (1997–2004) Peter Hoekstra
Peter Hoekstra
(R) (2004–2007) Silvestre Reyes
Silvestre Reyes
(D) (2007–2011) Mike Rogers (R) (2011–2015) Devin Nunes
Devin Nunes
(R) (2015–present)

See also[edit]

Church Committee Rockefeller Commission Family jewels (Central Intelligence Agency) COINTELPRO List of current United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
committees United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence


^ U.S. House. Hearings Before the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. Investigation of Publication of Select Committee on Intelligence Report. 94th Congress, 2nd session. July 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29, September 8, 14, 15, 1976. ^ Snider, L. Britt. The Agency & The Hill CIA's Relationship with Congress, 1946–2004. p. 63.  ^ "Donald Trump's habit of making accusations without evidence is corrosive". The Economist. Retrieved 2017-03-19.  ^ "Five things to watch at the House Intelligence Committee's Russia hearing". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-19.  ^ "House Intelligence Committee member on the Russia-Trump investigation: 'There is more than circumstantial evidence now'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-03-25.  ^ "Russia probe: House intel Republicans end investigation, find 'no evidence' of collusion". USA TODAY. 2018-03-12. Retrieved 2018-03-15.  ^ Megerian, Chris (2018-03-13). "Republicans wind down House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, claiming no evidence of collusion". Retrieved 2018-03-15.  ^ Squitieri, Jason (2018-03-13). "Republican member of House Intel Committee says it has 'lost all credibility'". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-15. 

External links[edit]

Official site The Pike Committee Investigations and the CIA Congressional Directory: Main Page, Government Printing Office Online. Detailed listings of many aspects of previous memberships and sessions of Congress. Open Congress Wiki Pike Committee Reports The Pike Committee Investigations and the CIA Are all leaks good? The Pike Committee Report, Kissinger, and the Distortion of Events Historical Dictionary of the Kurds: Pike Committee Report Covert Action and the Pike Committee: 1975–76

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Current United States congressional committees

Senate (list)

Aging (Special) Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Appropriations Armed Services Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Budget Commerce, Science, and Transportation Energy and Natural Resources Environment and Public Works Ethics (Select) Finance Foreign Relations Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Indian Affairs Intelligence (Select) Judiciary Narcotics (Caucus) Rules and Administration Small Business and Entrepreneurship Veterans' Affairs

House (list)

Agriculture Appropriations Armed Services Budget Education and the Workforce Energy and Commerce Ethics Financial Services Foreign Affairs Homeland Security House Administration Intelligence (Permanent Select) Judiciary Natural Resources Oversight and Government Reform Rules Science, Space, and Technology Small Business Transportation and Infrastructure Veterans' Affairs Ways and Means (Whole)

Joint (list)

Budget and Appropriations Process Reform (Select) Economic Inaugural Ceremonies (Special) Library Printing Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans (Select) Taxation (Conference)

Standing committees, Defunct committees

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Major U.S. Intelligence Reforms

U.S. Legislation

National Security Act of 1947
National Security Act of 1947
(1947) Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
(1978) National Intelligence Reorganization and Reform Act (1978) Patriot Act
Patriot Act
(2001) Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act
(2004) Protect America Act of 2007

U.S. Commissions

The First Hoover Commission The Second Hoover Commission
Hoover Commission
(1953) The Rockefeller Commission (1975) Aspen-Brown Commission (1995) U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century
U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century
(2001) Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (2005)

U.S. Committees

The Church Committee
Church Committee
(1976) The Pike Committee (1976)

U.S. Executive Orders

EO 11905 (Ford, 1976) EO 12036 (Carter, 1978) EO 12333 (Reagan, 1981) EO 13355 (G.W. Bush, 2004) EO 13470 (G.W. Bush, 2008)

U.S. Investigations

The Murphey Investigation (1974) Iran-Contra Investigation (1987)

U.S. Reports

Eberstadt Report (1947) The Dulles–Jackson–Correa Report
Dulles–Jackson–Correa Report
(1949) The Doolittle Report (1954) The Bruce-Lovett Report (1956) The Taylor Report (1961) The Kirkpatrick Report (1961) The Schlesinger Report (1971) Clifford/Cline Proposals (1976) Boren-McCurdy Proposals (1992) IC21 (1996) 9/11 Commission Report
9/11 Commission Report

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Patriot Act

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Acts modified

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 Electronic Communications Privacy Act Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Money Laundering Control Act Bank Secrecy Act Right to Financial Privacy Act Fair Credit Reporting Act Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 Victims of Crime Act of 1984 Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act


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Government organizations

Federal Bureau of Investigation Department of Justice Select Committee on Intelligence Department of the Treasury FinCEN Department of State National Institute of Standards and Technology Customs Service U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Non-government organizations

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