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House Proceeding 02-25-10 on Feb 25th, 2010 :: 2:07:05 to 2:09:25
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Anna G. Eshoo

2:06:56 to 2:07:16( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: gentlewoman from california, ms. eshoo, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california. ms. eshoo: i thank the chairperson and i rise to offer an important amendment to the intelligence authorization act. madam chair person, man of the provisions i offered is already in the legislation that was reported out of the committee.

Anna G. Eshoo

2:07:05 to 2:09:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Anna G. Eshoo

Anna G. Eshoo

2:07:17 to 2:07:37( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: today i'm offering this amendment to address that problem that arose after consideration of the bill last year. earlier this month we discovered that intelligence community employees have been starting businesses to sell private companies the very tools.

Anna G. Eshoo

2:07:38 to 2:07:58( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: for example, a number of c.i.a. employees launched a company to sell deception detection serves to hedge funds and ran this company while they were federal employees. i'm very troubled by this. i question the director of national intelligence about this at the worldwide hearing and he said he would look into it.

Anna G. Eshoo

2:07:59 to 2:08:20( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: while waiting for a formal answer i discovered to my great surprise that this activity had already been approved by their agencies. clearly we need to tighten up that process. all federal agencies are required to have conflict of interest guidelines that set limits on employees outside employment. now, these guidelis are

Anna G. Eshoo

2:08:21 to 2:08:42( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: developed joint by the agency and by the office of government ethics. but the d.n.i. has not issued intelligence communitywide policy guidance on conflicts of interest for outside employees. so this amendment does two things. first, it requires the d.n.i. to establish an opportunity communitywide conflict of

Anna G. Eshoo

2:08:43 to 2:09:03( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: interest regulation working in connection with and in conjunction with the office of government ethics to establish a communitywide process for checking outside employment for conflicts of interest. and also to submit an annual report to e intelligence committee on all outside employment activit approved in the last year.

Anna G. Eshoo

2:09:04 to 2:09:25( Edit History Discussion )

Anna G. Eshoo: second, it would prohibit employees from owning companies that sells skills that are related to their government service. i think the government employees and especially those in the intelligence community should adhere to the highest ethical standards. the american people have to have confidence that government employees are working in the

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