Former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman received the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal from National Intelligence James R. Clapper Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
Clapper recognized Harman for her work implementing post- September 11 intelligence reforms as the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and for pursuing legislation to improve information sharing.
“Representative Harman has been a consummate ally of the Intelligence Community and the brave men and women of our intelligence agencies, demonstrating a deep personal commitment to ensuring the IC had the authorities and resources necessary to protect our nation,” said Clapper. “Representative Harman considered intelligence a non-partisan issue and spent countless hours educating other members of Congress on the importance of actionable and strategic intelligence, the critical need to share information across the Community, and the dangers associated with unauthorized disclosures of classified material. On behalf of the IC, we thank her for her service and dedication to our security.”
Harman said, " as one who contributed to the design and formation of the DNI, this recognition is a huge and very personal honor."
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.