S. 1681, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

S. 1681

Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

Sponsor
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Date
June 24, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the House will consider S. 1681, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, under suspension of the rules.  S. 1681 was introduced on November 12, 2013 by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and was referred to the Senate Intelligence Committee.  The Senate passed the bill with an amendment on June 11, 2014 by a voice vote.[1]  On May 30, 2014, the House passed H.R. 4681, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 by a vote of 345-49.[2]  S. 1681 represents language agreed upon by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees for FY2014.

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[1] Senate Committee Report No. 113-120.
[2] Roll Call #271See also House Committee Report 113-463.

Bill Summary

The Legislative Digest for H.R. 4681, the House-passed Intelligence Authorization bill for FY 2014-2015 is available here.

The following summary prepared by the House Intelligence Committee identifies the major differences between S. 1681 and the FY 14 portions of H.R. 4681.  There are no differences between the classified annex to S. 1681 and the FY14 classified annex to H.R. 4681.  Members should contact the Intelligence Committee staff at (202) 225-4121 if they have questions about either bill.

All of the provisions in S. 1681 have passed the House with the exception of the additional provisions listed below.

  • Sec. 202:  this provision clarifies that “qualifying service” for purposes of obtaining certain enhanced retirement benefits available to CIA employees who carry out duties abroad that are hazardous to life or health or involve specialized skills includes service while on detail to another government agency.
  • Sec. 310:  this provision expressly permits intelligence community (IC) whistleblowers to report urgent concerns to their respective agency Inspector General or the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community before reporting their concerns to Congress.
  • Sec. 321 and  Sec. 322: these provisions require the executive branch to provide the congressional intelligence committees a list of every opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) of the Department of Justice that has been provided to an element of the IC and require the executive branch to establish a process for the regular review for official publication of significant opinions of OLC that have been provided to an element of the IC.
  • Sec. 328: this provision repeals the termination of the notification requirement from the FY 2013 Intelligence Authorization Act regarding the authorized disclosure of national intelligence
  • Sections 401, 402, 403, 411, 412, and 413: these provisions require the presidential appointment and Senate confirmation of the Director of the NSA, the Director of the NRO, and the Inspector General of the NRO.

Title VI: Title VI contains a significant expansion of whistleblower protections for Intelligence Community (IC) employees.  Among other things, it would prohibit the IC from making security clearance and access determinations based on a protected whistleblower disclosure and would require the DNI to issue regulations to prohibit reprisals against IC employees based on protected disclosures.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing S. 1681 would cost $564 million over the 2014-2019 period.  CBO expected that S. 1681 as reported by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence would increase direct spending by $20 million over the 2014-2024 period by modifying the retirement benefits of certain CIA employees. In light of modifications to the provision, the bill is no longer expected to increase direct spending.  CBO estimates that enacting the bill would have a significant effect of revenues, but would increase revenues by $1 million over the 2014-2024 period.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.