On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 6393, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 6393 was introduced on November 22, 2016, by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), and was referred to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
H.R. 6393 authorizes appropriations for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government for fiscal year 2017. This bill is similar to H.R. 5077, which passed the House on May 24, 2016, on a bipartisan vote of 371-35, but reflects extensive negotiations with the Senate. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reported S. 3017 on June 15, 2016. All provisions in H.R. 6393 are derived from H.R. 5077 or S. 3017. The Legislative Digest for H.R. 5077 can be found here. Significant changes from H.R. 5077—reflecting provisions incorporated from S. 3017—include:
Support to nonprofit organizations assisting intelligence community employees: The bill allows the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to engage in fundraising for nonprofits that provide support to surviving family members of a deceased employee or provide for the welfare, education, or recreation of employees of an element of the intelligence community.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM): The bill directs the DNI to submit a 5-year strategy for outreach and recruiting efforts in STEM fields, and provides special pay authorities for the retention of STEM positions.
Protections for independent inspectors general of certain elements of the intelligence community: The bill directs the DNI to develop and implement a uniform policy for each covered office of an inspector general to better ensure the independence of each office.
Congressional Oversight of Policy Directives and Guidance: The bill requires the DNI to submit to Congress within 15 days any classified or unclassified Presidential Policy Directive, Presidential Policy Guidance, or other similar policy document, including any annex, that assigns takes, roles, or responsibilities the intelligence community.
Matters Relating to Foreign Countries: Creates a new Title V that establishes an interagency committee to counter active measure by the Russian Federation to exert cover influence, places limitations on travel of accredited diplomats and consular of the Russian Federation in the United States, and requires a study on enhanced intelligence and information sharing with Open Skies Treaty member states.
The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) consists of 17 agencies and organizations, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), within the Executive Branch that work both independently and collaboratively to gather and analyze the intelligence necessary to conduct foreign relations and national security activities. The mission of the ODNI is to lead intelligence integration and forge an Intelligence Community that delivers the most insightful intelligence possible.
The Intelligence Authorization Act authorizes funds for the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the: Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Central Intelligence Agency;Department of Defense, including the Defense Intelligence Agency; National Security Agency; National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force; Department of State; Department of Treasury; Department of Energy; Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration;; and the Department of Homeland Security, including the Coast Guard. The amounts authorized by the bill for these elements for the conduct of intelligence activities are specified in a classified schedule of authorizations, including associated explanatory language, which accompanies the bill. The classified schedule of authorizations and associated explanatory language are available for Members to review in the offices of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in HVC-304.
A final Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is not currently available, but a preliminary analysis estimated that the effects of H.R. 6393 on both direct spending and revenues would be insignificant over the 2017-2026 period. CBO does not provide an estimate for classified programs.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.