United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Seal of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is a committee of the United States House of Representatives, currently chaired by Devin Nunes. It is the primary committee in the U.S. House of Representatives charged with the oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, though it does share some jurisdiction with other committees in the House, including the Armed Services Committee for some matters dealing with the Department of Defense and the various branches of the U.S. military.

The committee was preceded by the Select Committee on Intelligence between 1975 and 1977. House Bill 658 established the permanent select committee, which gave it status equal to a standing committee on July 14, 1977.


The committee oversees all or part of the following executive branch departments and agencies:


114th Congress

Majority Minority
Ex officio

Source: U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: HPSCI Majority and Minority Members.


Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
The CIA [1] Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Department of Defense, Intelligence and Overhead Architecture[2] Joe Heck (R-NV) Terri Sewell (D-AL)
Emerging Threats[3] Tom Rooney (R-FL) Mike Quigley (D-IL)
The NSA and Cybersecurity[4] Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) Jim Himes (D-CT)

Select Committee on Intelligence, 1975–1977

Prior to establishing the permanent select committee in 1977, the House of Representatives established the "Select Committee on Intelligence", commonly referred to as the "Pike Committee", so named after its last chairman, Otis G. Pike of New York. The select committee had originally been established in February 1975 under the chairmanship of Congressman Lucien Nedzi of Michigan. Following Nedzi's resignation in June, the committee was reconstituted with Pike as chair, in July 1975, with its mandate expiring January 31, 1976. Under Pike's chairmanship, the committee investigated illegal activities by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The final report of the Pike Committee was never officially published, due to Congressional opposition. However, unauthorized versions of the draft final report were leaked to the press. CBS News reporter Daniel Schorr was called to testify before Congress, but refused to divulge his source.[5] Major portions of the report were published by The Village Voice, and a full copy of the draft was published in England.


Select Committee Chairs

Permanent Select Committee Chairs

See also


  1. "CIA Sub-Committee". United States House of Representatives.
  2. "Department of Defense Intelligence and Oversight". United States House of Representatives.
  3. "Emerging Threats". United States House of Representatives.
  4. "NSA and Cybersecurity". United States House of Representatives.
  5. U.S. House. Hearings Before the Commi ttee on Standards of Official Conduct. Investigation of Publication of Select Committee on Intelligence Report. 94th Congress, 2nd session. July 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29, September 8, 14, 15, 1976.

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