Intelligence Oversight Act

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Intelligence Oversight Act
Great Seal of the United States
Other short titles National Intelligence Act of 1980
Long title An Act to authorize the intelligence system of the United States by the establishment of a statutory basis for the national intelligence activities of the United States, and for other purposes.
Acronyms (colloquial) IOA
Nicknames Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980
Enacted by the 96th United States Congress
Legislative history

The Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980 is a United States federal law that amended the Hughes–Ryan Act and requires United States government agencies to report covert actions to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). The previous requirement to notify six to eight other committees was eliminated.[1]

Enacted on September 21, 1980, The Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980 provided that the heads of intelligence agencies would keep the oversight committees "fully and currently informed" of their activities including "any significant anticipated intelligence activity." Detailed ground rules were established for reporting covert actions to the Congress, in return for the number of congressional committees receiving notice of covert actions being limited to the two oversight committees.

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  1. ^ "Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence". U.S. House of Representatives.