Eyes on Spies Congress and the United States Intelligence Community

ISBN-10: 0817912843
ISBN-13: 9780817912840
Edition: 2011
Authors: Amy B. Zegart
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Description: WHY CONGRESS'S BIGGEST INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT PROBLEMS LIE WITH ...CONGRESSTen years after 9/11, the least reformed part of America's intelligence system is not the CIA or FBI but the US Congress. InEyes on Spies, Amy Zegart examines the weaknesses  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
Publication date: 9/1/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

WHY CONGRESS'S BIGGEST INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT PROBLEMS LIE WITH ...CONGRESSTen years after 9/11, the least reformed part of America's intelligence system is not the CIA or FBI but the US Congress. InEyes on Spies, Amy Zegart examines the weaknesses of U.S. intelligence oversight and why those deficiencies have persisted, despite the unprecedented importance of intelligence in today's environment. She argues that many of the biggest oversight problems lie with Congress—the institution, not the parties or personalities—showing how Congress has collectively and persistently tied its own hands in overseeing intelligence.Supporting sound logic with extensive data, the author offers a comparative analysis of oversight activities of intelligence with other policy areas to show that Congress is not overseeing nearly as much in intelligence as in other policy domains. Electoral incentives, she reveals, explain why. Zegart also identifies two key institutional weaknesses: one, the rules, procedures, and practices that have hindered the development of legislative expertise in intelligence and, two, committee jurisdictions and policies that have fragmented Congress's budgetary power over executive branch intelligence agencies. She concludes that, unfortunately, electoral incentives on the outside and the zero-sum nature of committee power on the inside provide powerful reasons for Congress to continue hobbling its own oversight capabilities.

Amy B. Zegart is associate professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of "Flawed by Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC".

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