Congressman Eric Swalwell of Dublin has been named chairman of a new House Intelligence subcommittee, as part of a structural reform to deal with the nation’s overall Intelligence efforts.
Swalwell will head the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The announcement was made Feb. 6 by California Congressman Adam Schiff, chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The new subcommittee represents part of a reorganization of the committee and subcommittees to make them more efficient and better focused on core missions of the United States Intelligence Community (IC). The IC involves 16 intelligence units and one administrative branch.
Oversight has centered on each individually. In the reorganization announced by Schiff, the focus shifts to the core missions across the entire IC, according to a news release on Schiff’s committee website.
The subcommittee headed by Swalwell will focus on making sure that all 17 IC agencies have the workforce, infrastructure and services they need to succeed, according to a news release from Swalwell’s office.
The intention is for better collaboration and better use of resources across the whole IC. Security clearance reform and modernization of information technology will also be addressed. Swalwell states, “Keeping our nation safe is Congress’s most sacred responsibility. I’m honored to chair a subcommittee that will help advance our Intelligence Community’s staffing, training, and technology to the highest, most modern standards.
“We need a diverse Intelligence Community workforce that looks like America and understands the threats we face from all parts of the world. We must ensure that the national crisis of student loan debt isn’t leaving the hard-working men and women of our intelligence agencies in financial quicksand and anxiety that diverts their focus from our safety, and that means looking at loan forgiveness in exchange for their service to America.”
Schiff wrote in his on-line release that the Intelligence Committee will be involved in a rigorous investigation into efforts by Russia and other foreign entities to influence the U.S. political process during and since the 2016 U.S. election. In addition, the Committee will investigate the counterintelligence threat arising from any links or coordination between U.S. persons and the Russian government and/or other foreign entities, including any financial or other leverage such foreign actors may possess.
Schiff said that much has been learned in the past two years about individuals close to President Trump, including their contacts with “an array of individuals connected to or working on behalf of the Russian government,” in the 2016 election and the issue of U.S. sanctions against Russia.