Gang of Four (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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Gang of Four

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Gang of Four” intelligence notifications generally are oral briefings of certain particularly sensitive non-covert action intelligence activities, including principally, but not exclusively, intelligence collection programs, that the intelligence community typically limits to the chairmen and ranking members of the two congressional intelligence committees. Gang of Four notifications are not based in statute but have constituted a practice generally accepted by the leadership of the intelligence committees and that is employed when the Intelligence Community believes a particular intelligence activity to be of such sensitivity that a restricted notification is warranted in order to reduce the risk of disclosure, inadvertent or otherwise.

Also see Congressional Leadership and Committees; Party Leaders and Leadership; § 8.170 Congress and Foreign Policy: Nonbinding Actions, in Congressional Deskbook.

 

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