This bill would authorize funding for intelligence activities conducted by the U.S. government, including agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for fiscal year 2017. Aside from the CIA and DNI, the following federal agencies also receive funding from this bill:
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA);
The branches of the Dept. of Defense (DOD) that are involved in intelligence activities;
Intelligence divisions of the Dept. of State, National Security Agency (NSA), the Treasury Department, and the Dept. of Justice (DOJ).
Specifics about the total appropriations authorized by this bill are classified, so minimal information is available to the public. The classified information is known as the “Classified Schedule of Authorizations” and has the levels of funding and personnel used by these agencies to carry out operations.
The plans had to be made available to the House and Senate intelligence committees that oversee appropriations, but otherwise, it's really under wraps. Even the President can't publicly disclose anything from this budget (outside of what is necessary to implement it or comply with the law).
All those classified things aside, there's some information available to the public. We're all allowed to know that a total of $514 million would go to funding the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability system. Employees whose salaries and benefits are paid for by this spending package would be able to see their pay and benefits increase.
Additionally, this legislation prohibits any intelligence activity that isn’t authorized by the Constitution or U.S. law. Whistleblower complaints would go directly to Congress from intelligence community inspectors general. Congressional defense and intelligence committees would also receive reports about major defense intelligence acquisition programs at each milestone of development.
The DNI would be required to publish a list of all logos, symbols, and other markings associated with foreign terrorist organizations on a publicly-available website. DNI would also be tasked with helping the DOD modernize their security clearance technology architecture.
The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) would be required to develop a plan to carry out certain space-based monitoring missions currently carried out by the Air Force. The NRO could carry out pre-acquisition activities and would then provide a cost estimate to relevant congressional committees.
Relevant congressional committees would receive a report from DHS about the agency’s counter-messaging activities against the Islamic State and other extremist groups.