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S. 2284 (96th): Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980

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Source: Wikipedia

The Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980 is a United States federal law that amended the Hughes–Ryan Act and requires United States government agencies to report covert actions to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). The previous requirement to notify six to eight other committees was eliminated.

Enacted on September 21, 1980, The Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980 provided that the heads of intelligence agencies would keep the oversight committees "fully and currently informed" of their activities including "any significant anticipated intelligence activity." Detailed ground rules were established for reporting covert actions to the Congress, in return for the number of congressional committees receiving notice of covert actions being limited to the two oversight committees.

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Sponsor and status

Feb 8, 1980
96th Congress (1979–1980)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on June 3, 1980 but was never passed by the House.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


Walter “Dee” Huddleston

Senator for Kentucky



6 Cosponsors (3 Democrats, 3 Republicans)



Feb 8, 1980

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May 15, 1980
Ordered Reported

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Jun 3, 1980
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next.

S. 2284 (96th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2284. This is the one from the 96th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 96th Congress, which met from Jan 15, 1979 to Dec 16, 1980. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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