Describes legislation enacted in 1980 that gave the executive branch authority to limit advance notification of especially sensitive covert actions to eight Members of Congress, when the President determined that extraordinary circumstances might impact U.S. vital interests; in light of current proposed legislation to change sensitive covert action notification. Reviews legislative history of the provision, and examines both impact of such notifications on Congressional oversight as well as options that Congress might consider to possibly improve oversight.
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