CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Friday, December 16, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1892 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) on May 13, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Intelligence. The House approved H.R. 1892 on September 9, 2011 by a recorded vote of 384-14. The Senate passed the bill with amendment by unanimous consent on December 14, 2011.
H.R. 1892 would authorize the intelligence activities of the United States government for Fiscal Year 2012. This bill would fund the requirements of the men and women of the Intelligence Community (military and civilian), many of whom directly support the war zones or are engaged in other dangerous operations to keep Americans safe.
The bill would provide budget authority and personnel manning levels for the conduct of intelligence activities in the amounts specified in section 102, the Classified Schedule of Authorizations.
The bill would authorize $590.3 million in FY2012 for the Director of National Intelligence’s (DNI) Intelligence Community Management Account, as well as 794 full-time personnel for this account. This is the principal source of funding for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and provides resources for the coordination of programs, budget oversight, and management of the intelligence agencies. Additionally, the bill would provide additional flexibility for the DNI in managing the civilian personnel of the Intelligence Community.
The bill would also authorize appropriation of $514 million for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirements and Disability System for FY2012.
The Senate amendments to the bill are primarily minor and technical with the exception of the following provisions:
Section 310: Burial allowance.
A House passed provision to increase the burial allowance for CIA employees killed in the line of duty from today’s $800 amount has been modified to apply to all intelligence community personnel and to mirror the amount available to DOD employees.
Section 308: Notification of transfer of a detainee held at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
This provision requires the President to submit certain information to Congress 30 days prior to the transfer or release of a detainee. It mirrors language previously passed in the 111th Congress and explicitly makes clear that it in no way affects certification provisions on detainee release or transfer contained in the defense authorization or appropriations bills for FY 2012.
Section 309: Enhanced procurement authority to manage supply chain risk.
This provision authorizes the heads of elements of the Intelligence Community outside the Department of Defense to take certain procurement actions under certain circumstances to reduce the risk that an adversary may sabotage or otherwise subvert information systems. The Senate provision makes technical modifications to the House provision to more closely align it with a similar provision in the FY2011 Defense Authorization while ensuring the procurement authorities referenced in the provision amend the appropriate law concerning Intelligence Community procurement.
The bill authorizes Fiscal Year 2012 programs and funding levels for the Intelligence Community, as well as foreign intelligence activities of the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Department, and Department of Homeland Security. The United States Intelligence Community consists of 17 agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). These organizations enhance national security, support and assist the Armed Forces, and facilitate U.S. foreign policy.
The primary vehicle for exercising credible congressional oversight over the intelligence agencies is the intelligence authorization bill. The current challenging fiscal environment demands the accountability and financial oversight of our classified intelligence programs that can only come with an intelligence authorization bill.
Congress has recently approved intelligence authorization bills, but a complete bill, including the classified annex, has not been enacted since 2004. Actual funding for the Intelligence Community has recently been appropriated via “deeming” language within defense spending bills.
Several portions of this bill are classified—the classified annex to the legislation contains specific funding and personnel levels for intelligence programs. The annex is available to members in HVC-304.
The following was provided courtesy of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
After passage of the Budget Control Act, the Committee revamped the bill it reported out of Committee in May -- to double its budget savings. As a result, the bill is significantly below the President’s Budget request for Fiscal Year 2012 and further still below the levels authorized and appropriated in Fiscal Year 2011. These savings were achieved without impacting the Intelligence Community’s important mission, as the cuts of the 1990’s did.
This bill was crafted using a five-part resource strategy to keep intelligence strong, even in an era of declining budgets:
There was no revised CBO cost estimate available at press time.