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Verbatim: Bayh honored by Director of National Intelligence

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued this statement Friday:

Washington— Senator Evan Bayh received the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper in a Capitol Hill ceremony.

Director Clapper recognized Bayh for his tireless efforts as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to provide the Intelligence Community with the authorities and resources necessary to protect America, and for his commitment to service members, military families and veterans as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“It is a special responsibility to oversee the work of the brave men and women of the nation’s intelligence services,” Bayh said. “For almost 10 years, I have been privileged to witness behind the closed doors of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing room Senators on both sides of the aisle questioning, probing, and pushing with one goal: to help our intelligence officers do their jobs to the best of their ability and to keep America safe. We are also privy to the numerous successes of our intelligence agencies that protect this nation. While I cannot always discuss these achievements, I am always cognizant of the talent, the commitment, and the sacrifice of the brave men and women of the Intelligence Community. You are the tip of the spear, and I thank you for what you do each and every day.”

"As a member of both the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees, Senator Bayh has been instrumental in providing crucial legislative support to the dedicated men and women of our national security team," Director Clapper said. "His enduring commitment to the Intelligence Community and the war fighter are deeply appreciated and I thank him for his service."

The National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal is the highest award that can be granted to non-career Federal employees, private citizens or others who have performed distinguished service of exceptional significance to the Intelligence Community. The DNI established the award on Oct. 1, 2008 to acknowledge individuals who rendered extraordinary service at considerable personal sacrifice and who were motivated by patriotism, good citizenship or a sense of public responsibility.

The Director of National Intelligence oversees the 16 federal organizations that make up the intelligence community. The DNI also manages the implementation of the National Intelligence Program. Additionally, the DNI serves as the principal adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council on intelligence issues related to national security.

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