House committee advances Intelligence Authorization Act

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence approved the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 by a unanimous vote last week.

Within the authorization bill, continued funding is guaranteed for multiple operations of the U.S. intelligence community, including cybersecurity and anti-terrorism activity.

“This bill will ensure that the intelligence community receives the resources it needs to continue protecting Americans from attack by a wide array of foreign adversaries,” U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the committee's chairman, said. Nunes recently introduced the bill in the House. “The legislation is a crucial component of the committee’s oversight responsibilities, and I look forward to swift consideration of the bill by the full House of Representatives.”

Specifically, the bill approves financing for terror-combating capabilities and activity to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; sustains activity in Afghanistan and Iraq against terror groups; invests in military, surveillance and other defense-related technology; and invests in community-wide intelligence sharing through secured information technology (IT) enterprises.

The bill also provides recovery funding in case unauthorized disclosures of classified data occur.

Several details in the bill are classified. The journal National Law Review  said the bill would fund the CIA and the National Security Agency, among other related entities.

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