Obama administration has some (classified) concerns with intelligence bill

The policy statement says the administration has “serious concerns” with the amounts that were authorized in the classified annex of the bill, because they exceed President Obama’s budget request.

“Further, the administration objects to unrequested authorizations for some classified programs that were reduced in the President's Budget because they are lower in priority and would support deficit reduction efforts,” the administration says.

So, we know that the House wants to give the administration more money than it asked for — like the appropriations and authorization bills for the Pentagon ­— and the administration is objecting to that.

As for dollar amounts or specific uses of the money in question? Not for public consumption.

The policy statement does shine a light on a bit of actual information, too.

The Obama administration wrote that it “appreciates that the bill repeals some dated and obsolete statutory reporting requirements.” While much of the intelligence authorization bill is classified, those reporting requirements are listed in the text of the legislation.

They include:

  •       acquisition of technology relating to weapons of mass destruction and advanced conventional munitions;
  •       the “threat of attack on the United States using weapons of mass destruction and the safety and security of Russian nuclear facilities and nuclear military forces;
  •       measures to protect the identities of covert agents.

To be fair, there is some funding authorized in the intelligence bill that is made public.

For instance, the bill authorizes $531 million for the Director of National Intelligence’s Intelligence Community Management Account and 831 full-time personnel within that account.

But the bill provides just one more dollar-amount: it authorizes $514 million for the CIA’s Retirement and Disability fund.