Sensitive Covert Action Notifications: Oversight Options for Congress

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Legislation enacted in 1980 gave the executive branch authority to limit advance notification of especially-sensitive covert actions to eight Members of Congress (called the "Gang of Eight") when the President determines that it is essential to limit prior notice in order to meet extraordinary circumstances affecting U.S. vital interests. This report describes the statutory provision authorizing Gang of Eight notifications, reviews the legislative history of the provision, and examines the impact of such notifications on congressional oversight.

Creator(s): Cumming, Alfred
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: April 6, 2011
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Cumming, Alfred

Specialist in Intelligence and National Security

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: April 6, 2011
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United States
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Legislation enacted in 1980 gave the executive branch authority to limit advance notification of especially-sensitive covert actions to eight Members of Congress (called the "Gang of Eight") when the President determines that it is essential to limit prior notice in order to meet extraordinary circumstances affecting U.S. vital interests. This report describes the statutory provision authorizing Gang of Eight notifications, reviews the legislative history of the provision, and examines the impact of such notifications on congressional oversight.

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12 pages.

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