Senate Intel Committee Advances Intelligence Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON – The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 by unanimous consent. This legislation authorizes funding for the U.S. intelligence community.

“Our action yesterday represents an effort by the Committee to complete the unfinished legislative business of the 114th Congress,” said Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA). “We look forward to its expeditious consideration by the full Senate.”

The bill authorizes funding for the U.S. intelligence community, provides needed legal authorities, and imposes oversight requirements:

  • Promotes the hiring, further education, and retention of employees with science, technology, engineering, or math expertise.
  • Provides death benefits to employees of the Central Intelligence Agency similar to those authorized for members of the Foreign Service.
  • Provides protections for independent inspectors general of elements of the Intelligence Community.
  • Requires the President to establish an interagency committee to counter Russian active measures.