Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Devin Nunes

House of Representatives Passes Intelligence Authorization Bill

2016/05/24

For Immediate Release-  May 24, 2016                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

House of Representatives Passes Intelligence Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 on a bipartisan 371-35 vote.  

The bill (H.R. 5077), which passed unanimously out of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on April 29, ensures that the programs and activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), including Department of Defense (DoD) intelligence elements, are authorized in law and optimally resourced to protect the nation from threats at home and abroad.  Equally important, this critical piece of legislation ensures rigorous congressional oversight of the IC, including over its most sensitive aspects.

In particular, this year's IAA focuses resources on current challenges, such as the ongoing threat of terrorism from groups such as ISIL, while also prioritizing longer-term threats. The bill includes provisions to enhance congressional oversight of the IC, ensure good governance and fiscal responsibility, and strengthen our technical collection and analysis capabilities across domains as varied as outer space and cyberspace. It also fences significant amounts of funding to better ensure continuous IC accountability throughout the year.

The total funding authorized by H.R. 5077 is consistent with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and is nearly equal to the 2017 President's budget request.  Many important provisions championed by the majority and minority are included in the bill. Specifically, the fiscal year 2017 IAA:

 

·         Emphasizes the need to focus on long-term threats, such as those from an increasingly aggressive China, Russia, and North Korea, while maintaining focus on the immediate threats posed by terrorism and the security challenges in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia;

·         Sustains critical capabilities to fight terrorism and counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction;

·         Caps fees for mandatory declassification reviews to match costs of Freedom of Information Act requests, and preserves IC elements’ discretion to waive fees for mandatory declassification;

  • Includes provisions aimed at better ensuring the integrity of DoD intelligence analysis, and improves procedures for IC whistleblowers to report complaints to Congress;
  • Clarifies eligibility for death benefits for Central Intelligence Agency personnel;
  • Requires a declassification review of intelligence on the past terrorist activities of certain individuals transferred out of Guantanamo Bay;

·         Improves IC reporting to Congress by requiring the IC to provide:

o   Statistics on IC personnel detailed to the National Security Council;

o   Threat reports submitted to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and IC impact statements on CFIUS transactions;

o   National Counterterrorism Center reporting on foreign fighter flows;

o   Follow-up reporting on IC scholarship programs; and

o   Reporting on defense intelligence acquisition milestones.

 

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said, “This bill provides the funding and resources our Intelligence Community needs to accomplish its difficult task of discovering, monitoring, and defusing a wide array of foreign threats to our homeland – including ISIL and al Qaeda, both of which are striving to inspire or carry out attacks on the United States. The large majority in favor of the bill shows there is a wide, bipartisan consensus in Congress for supporting the Intelligence Community with provisions for strict congressional oversight. I look forward to swift passage of the bill in the Senate.”   

Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) said, “The U.S. Intelligence Community does a tremendous job of protecting our nation from the large, diverse and relentless set of global threats we face.  This year’s intelligence authorization bill makes sure our intelligence agencies have the resources, authorities, and capabilities they need to protect our nation, but it also enables the most thorough and tenacious oversight, particularly to make sure privacy and civil liberties are protected.  The bill is strong, and I look forward to working with the Senate, the Administration and all my congressional colleagues to further improve it on its way to becoming law.”

The unclassified bill text and additional information are available here.

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Nunes Comments on Reported Death of Taliban Leader

2016/05/22

For Immediate Release-  May 21, 2016                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Nunes Comments on Reported Death of Taliban Leader

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes released the following statement on the reported death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour:   

“There are strong indications today that Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was killed in a U.S. air strike. If true, this would represent the well-deserved end of a bloodthirsty jihadist dedicated to the mass murder and oppression of his fellow Afghans. We must, however, remember that extreme Islamist terror groups typically outlive the death of individual leaders, and that our mission in Afghanistan is far from complete. The United States needs to relentlessly pursue the remaining jihadist commanders wherever they are and thoroughly eliminate the barbaric groups they lead.” 

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House Intelligence Committee Passes Fiscal Year 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill

2016/04/29

For Immediate Release-  April 29, 2016                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

House Intelligence Committee Passes 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – By a unanimous voice vote, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today reported the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (H.R. 5077) to the full of House of Representatives.       This legislation provides the Intelligence Community authorization needed to protect and defend the United States. It supports critical national security programs such as those protecting Americans against terrorism and cyberattacks. The total funding authorized by the bill is consistent with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, balancing fiscal discipline and national security.    Among other things, the legislation:            • Sustains critical capabilities to fight terrorism and counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. • Shines a light on Guantanamo transfers by requiring declassification reviews of intelligence on past terrorist activities of individuals transferred out of Guantanamo Bay. • Strengthens Congressional oversight of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) by setting authorization requirements for the PCLOB and directing          PCLOB to keep Congress fully informed of its activities in a timely way.  • Caps fees for mandatory declassification reviews to match costs of similar Freedom of Information Act requests.  • Updates Intelligence Community whistleblowing procedures.  • Clarifies eligibility for death benefits for Central Intelligence Agency personnel.  • Improves Intelligence Community reporting to Congress.    “This bill will keep the Intelligence Community fully funded so it can carry out its vital work protecting Americans from a wide range of pressing foreign threats,” said Chairman Nunes. “At the same time, the bill ensures that Congress has the means to conduct vigorous oversight over the Intelligence Community’s activities. I thank our committee’s members for their bipartisan work in drafting this bill, and I look forward to its swift passage in the House of Representatives.”     Read More

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2016/04/12


Nunes discusses Belgium attack on Fox News Sunday

2016/03/27


Nunes Comments on Belgium Attacks

2016/03/22

For Immediate Release-  March 22, 2016                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Nunes Comments on Belgium Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes released the following statement in reaction to the attacks in Belgium:

“We stand with the people of Belgium and will support them in any way possible in the wake of these barbaric attacks. Although we don’t have all the details yet on these bombings, it’s clear that terrorists are exploiting security gaps throughout the Western world to commit mass murder. Thwarting these killers will require vigilance both by governments, which need to track and apprehend terrorists before they have a chance to strike, as well as citizens, who need to report suspicious activity to the authorities. Crucially, the Obama administration needs to adopt a broad, consistent strategy to fight ISIS, al Qaeda, and an array of other terror groups. The periodic outbreak of mass casualty terror attacks cannot be allowed to become the new normal.” 

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Nunes Comments on Defense Acquisition Reform

2016/03/16

For Immediate Release-  March 16, 2016                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Nunes Comments on Defense Acquisition Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes released the following statement today in response to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry’s proposals to reform the Pentagon’s acquisition system:

“Defense acquisition is too slow and robs our troops of their technological edge. Chairman Thornberry has developed excellent proposals for reform, and I look forward to working with him to overhaul this vital process.” 

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Nunes Comments on Release of Osama bin Laden Documents

2016/03/01

For Immediate Release-  March 1, 2016                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Nunes Comments on Release of Osama bin Laden Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes released the following statement today on the release by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of 113 new documents captured in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound:  

“Although it is gratifying to see the new release of bin Laden documents, the Obama administration still needs to produce many more. The CIA already should have provided all the bin Laden documents to the House Intelligence Committee, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence should have already completed a classification review of all the documents to determine which can be publicly released. I look forward to receiving the remaining documents promptly.”

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HPSCI Holds Hearing on Worldwide Threats

2016/02/25


World Wide Threats Hearing

2016/02/25

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