By Cornelia de Bruin

Triplicate staff writer

Del Norte County's congressman, Mike Thompson, has been appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the appointment Wednesday night.

Now in his fifth term, the Vietnam War veteran will retain his seat on the House Ways and Means Committee. A Democrat, he represents the First Congressional District.

Committee members are responsible for providing oversight of the federal government's intelligence community and draft intelligence legislation.

The broad-reaching committee has oversight responsibility for portions of seven major Cabinet departments and numerous agencies that include the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice and Department of State.

The committee also authorizes all government funding for U.S. intelligence efforts.

Thompson said his new appointment brings with it andquot;enormous responsibility.andquot;

andquot;Americans ... want better accountability of our government's foreign policy and national security decisions,andquot; he said.

He promised to do that with andquot;rigorous oversight.andquot;