[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/20/art.jamesclapper.0720y.gi.jpg caption ="The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing Tuesday afternoon for Gen. James Clapper."] Washington (CNN) - The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing Tuesday afternoon for Gen. James Clapper, President Barack Obama's nominee for director of national intelligence.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence oversees 16 intelligence agencies. The post was created following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, had previously said she would not hold confirmation hearings for Clapper - currently the Defense Department's chief intelligence officer - until passage of a pending intelligence authorization bill.