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Question Icon If I have a press inquiry, what number do I call?
Answer Icon Please call the number listed at the bottom of the page.
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Question Icon How can I learn who is testifying?
Answer Icon In order to protect our national security, under no circumstances will the committee release the names of the witness for a closed hearing.
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Question Icon Where can I find the committee’s weekly schedule?
Answer Icon On the committee home page, there is a committee calendar with the committee’s schedule.
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Question Icon What is the committee’s jurisdiction?
Answer Icon The Committee’s Jurisdiction is over the 1) the Intelligence community and the Director of Central Intelligence 2) Intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and other agencies of the Department of Defense, and the Departments of State, Justice, and Treasury. 3) The organization, or reorganization, of any department or agency to the extent that it relates to a function or activity involving intelligence or intelligence-related activities. 4) Direct and indirect authorizations for the CIA and director of Central Intelligence, the DIA, and NSA, and all other agencies and subdivisions of DOD, the Department of State, and the FBI, including all activities of the intelligence division.
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Question Icon Does the committee offer internships?
Answer Icon No. The committee is unable to take on interns due to the sensitive nature of the committee's work (i.e., classified material, national security, etc.)
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Question Icon When was the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) established?
Answer Icon House Resolution 658 established the HPSCI on July 14, 1977. The resolution outlined the jurisdiction and makeup of the committee. The Committee originally had been composted of 13 members, with at least one member from the following committees: Appropriations, Armed Services and International Relations, and Judiciary. As of 2003, the committee is composted of 11 Majority members and 9 Minority Members.
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Question Icon Who can attend a closed hearing?
Answer Icon The closed hearings are for members of the committee, witnesses who will testify, and committee staff. Due to the sensitive nature of these hearings, the public and media are not allowed to attend.
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Question Icon Can a congressman who is not on the Intelligence Committee attend a closed hearing?
Answer Icon No.
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Question Icon What does "Ranking/Ranking Member" mean?
Answer Icon When first assigned to a committee, a member is usually placed at the bottom of the seniority list, and then they move up as members above them leave the committee. At committee and subcommittee meetings, a members' rank determines where they sit, and the chairman usually recognizes members in the order of their ranking, alternating between the parties, to question witnesses, make motions, and for other purposes. –It depends on when they arrive after the gavel. The ranking member is the member whose name appears at the head of the list of minority members on a committee. The ranking minority member usually appoints the minority staff, acts as minority floor manager on committee measures, and recommends minority members for appointment as conferees on such measures.
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Question Icon Where can I get an open hearing transcript?
Answer Icon All of the unclassified documents that are available to the public are located in the Committee Documents section of our website.
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Question Icon Can I come to open/closed hearings?
Answer Icon The press and public can attend an open committee hearing. A closed hearing, by contrast, is closed to the public and the media.
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Question Icon What is a closed hearing?
Answer Icon A closed hearing is a hearing that the public and the media are not allowed to sit in on. A House committee may close a hearing only if it determines that disclosure of the testimony to be taken would endanger national security, violate any law, or tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person. Both houses require roll-call votes in open session to close a hearing.
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