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EPIC, Coalition Urge Changes for House Procedures on National Security

EPIC and a coalition of civil liberties groups is advocating for changes that would create more oversight and accountability in Congress for national security issues. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, more than 50 organizations recommended that the leadership provide all Members of Congress with access to relevant information and sufficient staff assistance. That groups recommended revising procedures for the House Permanent Select Committee on Oversight so that other Committees are kept informed, unclassified reports are made public with minimal delay, and the Committee operates more openly. The groups proposed a Congressional option for whistleblowers so that information can be communicated to Members of Congress "without fear of reprisal" and a comprehensive review of the activities of the Intelligence Community since 9/11, modeled after the 9-11 Commission For more information see: EPIC: Open Government and FOIA Rocks.

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