New York, NY, September 6, 1991.
Hon. John Glenn,
Dear John: I am very sorry that I will not be able to appear before the Intelligence Committee at the scheduled hearings. I am pleased, however, to express my views with respect to the proposed legislation contained in S. 1003.
I concur with the view expressed in your `Dear Colleague' letter dated May 21, 1991, to the effect that the Senate confirmation process provides an important forum to assess the competence of individuals for high-ranking posts in the Federal Government, and to serve `as a check against possible executive Branch politicization of these posts.' I support wholeheartedly the provisions of S. 1003 requiring presidential appointment by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, of the six officials of the Central Intelligence Agency specified in the bill. These officials not only advise the Director of Central Intelligence about critical elements of policy, but also play a significant role supporting the entire national security infrastructure. The roles they play in the national security system are of signal importance. Moreover, as you state in your letter of May 21st, Senate confirmation of these positions will also serve to create confidence and improved understanding between the nominees and the Legislative Branch. Contrary to the argument advanced by some, the Senate confirmation process will help to prevent politicization of these positions.
As you know, I have served for many years in various positions in the Federal Government requiring Senate confirmation. I have worked with officials of the CIA serving in the six designated positions during my tenure as Secretary of the Army, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State. On the basis of my experience, I can see no harm and only good coming from the proposed legislation.