The Obama administration asked for Congress to fund federal intelligence agencies $3 billion more in 2017 than it did last year.
In its $4.1 trillion budget request on Tuesday, the administration included $53.5 billion to be spread across the 17 agencies funded under the National Intelligence Program, an umbrella funding system.
Details about how the government breaks down money between agencies in the so-called “black budget” are kept secret.
However, the intelligence office claimed that it was dedicated to saving money by focusing on programs “that have the most impact and highest priority.”
Classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden have shown that, in 2013, the largest share of the “black budget” went to the CIA, followed by the National Security Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office.