Nominee for intel watchdog pledges oversight

AP News
Posted: Sep 22, 2011 3:24 PM
Nominee for intel watchdog pledges oversight

The U.S. intelligence world is slated to get a new, independent watchdog to police everything from misspent funds to contractors to U.S. spies run amok overseas.

The Senate intelligence committee on Thursday questioned Irvin Charles McCullough III, nominated as the first-ever inspector general for the intelligence community.

Congress created the position to watch for waste in an intelligence budget that's grown to more than $80 billion annually since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

McCullough says that if confirmed, he will look into allegations that contractors are doing things only the government should do, from firing armed drones at al-Qaida suspects to spying.

A former FBI agent, McCullough worked at the inspector general's office at the National Security Agency, and is deputy inspector general for the director for national intelligence.