From: The Honorable Mark Sanford
Sent By: chris.stevens@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 3436
Date: 11/15/2013

NSA Inspector General
From: The Honorable Mark Sanford
Sent By: chris.stevens@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 3436: The NSA Inspector General Act of 2013
Date: 11/14/13

Dear Colleague:

The Dept. of Defense, CIA, Dept. of Justice, and Dept. of Homeland Security each have independent Inspectors General (IG), and all have to undergo a formal Senate confirmation process before they can take their position. This process does not apply to the NSA. It is the most prominent security agency without an independent IG, and in their case, appointment comes at the agency’s Director’s discretion.

As noted in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the former IG of the CIA, Britt Snider, this lack of independence creates an environment where employees of the IG’s office worry about their careers if their findings and conclusions are critical of the agency. How can one give an independent assessment of a problem if their job may be determined by their assessment? The NSA Inspector General Act of 2013 addresses these problems by requiring the NSA’s IG to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, mirroring the changes made to oversight of the CIA years ago. Additionally, this legislation also requires the Director to undergo the same formal confirmation process.

Please join me in working to give the NSA’s IG office more independence to fulfill their mandate of oversight by becoming a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation, which was introduced on Wednesday, October 30th. For more information, or to become a co-sponsor, please contact my office and speak with Chris Stevens, at 202-225-3176 or chris.stevens@mail.house.gov. Original Cosponsors: Paul C. Broun, Mick Mulvaney, Alan Grayson, Kerry L. Bentivolio, Tom Rice, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, Trey Gowdy, Jeff Duncan, Joe Wilson, and James F. Sensenbrenner.

Sincerely,

Mark Sanford
Member of Congress