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H.R. 3180: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018

Jul 24, 2017 at 6:54 p.m. ET. On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3180 (115th) in the House. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which directs how federal funds should or should not be used. (It does not set overall spending limits, however, which are the subject of appropriations bills.) Authorizations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year) but are often renewed in subsequent law. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

It was not the final House vote on the bill. See the history of H.R. 3180 (115th) for further details.

H.R. 3180 authorizes appropriations for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government for fiscal year 2018. The bill authorizes funds for the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the: Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Central Intelligence Agency; Department of Defense; Defense Intelligence Agency; National Security Agency; the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force; Coast Guard; Department of State; Department of Treasury; Department of Energy; Department of Justice; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration; National Reconnaissance Office; National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; and, the Department of Homeland Security. The amounts authorized by the bill for these elements for the conduct of intelligence activities are specified in a classified schedule of authorizations, which is incorporated by Section 102 of the bill, and explained in in a classified annex. Both the schedule of authorizations and accompanying classified annex have been available for Members to review since the bill was reported on July 13. H.R. 3180 makes no changes to any surveillance authorities, including those set to expire later this year, which will be addressed in separate legislation. Select provisions of the unclassified portion of H.R. 3180 are as follows:

Intelligence Community Management Account (ICMA): The bill authorizes approximately $527 million for the ICMA. The ICMA provides fundingfor the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to manage the intelligence community.

CIA Retirement and Disability System: The bill authorizes $514 million for the CIA Retirement and Disability Fund for fiscal year 2018.

Contractors: The bill prohibits the head of an element of the Intelligence Community from preventing a contractor from contacting or meeting with the congressional intelligence committees.

National Security Agency: The bill requires the General Counsel of the National Security Agency to be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The change shall apply to any person appointed after January 21, 2021.

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Responsibilities: Section 412 requires some functions currently performed by the DIA to be transferred to other agencies. This will allow DIA to fully focus on its mission of providing intelligence on foreign militaries and operating environments. Specifically, the bill transfers the Information Review Task Force and the Watchlisting Branch to the the Joint Staff, eliminates the Identity Intelligence Project Office and the Counter-Threat Finance Program, and transfers the National Intelligence University to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) effective October 2020.

Russia: The DNI is required to provide a report containing an analytical assessment of the most significant Russian influence campaigns, if any, conducted in the last 3 years. The DNI is also required to provide a report containing an assessment of threat finance relating to Russia. Further, the DNI is required to make publicly available an advisory report on foreign counterintelligence and cybersecurity threats to election campaigns for federal offices.

Reports: The bill also requires reports on the following: investigations of unauthorized public disclosures of classified information; security clearance processing times; expanding CIA’s protective services jurisdiction; national security risks associated with foreign investments; the potential of a voluntary cyber exchange program between the IC and private technology companies; and practices and procedures relating to whistleblower matters.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 60%
 
 
241
211
 
30
 
Nay 40%
 
 
163
10
 
153
 
Not Voting
 
 
29
18
 
11
 

Failed. 2/3 Required. Source: house.gov.

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