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HOUSE PASSES REP. PRICE'S AMENDMENT TO EXAMINE PRIVATE INTELLIGENCE CONTRACTORS Print

US Fed News - April 26, 2006

Rep. David Price (NC-04) took the lead today in calling attention to a major shift in the way our intelligence community operates." The NorthCarolina Democrat offered an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization ill to examine the extent to which private companies are conducting ensitive intelligence work for the government. The amendment passed theHouse by a unanimous voice vote.


The last few years have seen fundamental changes in our intelligence gencies," Price said. "Some reports estimate that approximately half of theintelligence community's budget is now spent through contracts awarded to rivate sector firms. This is not an inconsequential matter, and it requires he immediate attention of Congress."


Experts both within and outside the Intelligence Community have warned that he expanded use of private contractors is raising several challenges.According to a March 20, 2006 article in the Washington Post, the Director f National Intelligence, John Negroponte, has recently expressed concernabout the issue. Price said the contracts reach into several billion dollars ach year.

"It is our constitutional duty to faithfully exercise oversight of the gencies of the federal government, so I am pleased that my colleagues havesupported my attempt to shed some light on the outsourcing of intelligence ctivities," Price said.

he Price Amendment would require the Director of National Intelligence toreport to Congress on the extent of private contracting of intelligence ork, the rules governing the practice, and how it may be affecting employeerecruitment and retention in the agencies. Last year, Price introduced
related legislation to enhance the transparency and accountability of ontracts awarded to private military firms, who are providing security formost State Department and reconstruction projects in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Contact: Paul Cox, 202/225-1784.

 

 
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