Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 4681 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015

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May 29, 2014 3:37 PM

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Burgess (TX)


Prohibits the Central Intelligence Agency from operating unmanned aerial vehicle strikes and to transfer all such authority to the Department of Defense to use an unmanned aerial vehicle to carry out a weapons strike or other lethal action.

Cárdenas , Tony (CA)


LATE Expresses a sense of Congress that American technology companies should not be forced to move their data centers to locations outside the United States.

Carney (DE)


Requires the Director of National Intelligence to issue a report to Congress on how to improve the declassification process across the intelligence community and what steps the intelligence community can take, or what legislation may be necessary, to enable the National Declassification Center to better accomplish the missions assigned to it by Executive Order 13526.

Carney (DE)


Expands the dissemination of reports to Congress on NSA programs to include the House and Senate Armed Services and House and Senate Foreign Affairs/Foreign Relations committees to the list of recipients for reports provided by the Attorney General.

Carney (DE)


Requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to produce an annual report analyzing the effectiveness of NSA programs for the preceding fiscal year, which would include the following information: statistics from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court detailing the number of times the NSA applied for warrants, the number of times they received those warrants, any violations the NSA committed of U.S. surveillance laws, a description of actions taken in response to these violations, and a description of the minimization procedures the NSA used to ensure Americans’ privacy when carrying out each provision.

Connolly (VA)


Ensures the inclusion of leading software license management practices in the assessments conducted by the Chief Information Officers of each element of the Intelligence Community and the Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community, to assess actions that could be carried out to achieve the greatest possible economies of scale and associated cost savings in software procurement and usage, as required under Section 307.

Franks (AZ)


Requires a report from DNI on the threat posed by man-made electromagnetic pulse weapons to United States interests through 2025, including threats from foreign countries and foreign non-State actors.

Gabbard (HI), Gowdy (SC)


Expands the authority and oversight functions of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), an independent watchdog group that ensures U.S. intelligence agencies do not sacrifice personal privacy in the name of security.

Gallego (TX)


Requires the Director of National Intelligence – in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Secretary of Homeland Security – to submit recommendations to Congress for retraining (a) veterans and (b) retired members of the intelligence community in cybersecurity.

Grayson (FL)


Prohibits Intelligence Community entities, including NSA, from subverting standards put forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or other voluntary standards associations, prohibits signals intelligence activity that subverts such standards, and requires Congressional notification of the identity of Intelligence Community employees advising NIST on such standards.

Grayson (FL)


LATE Requires implementation of the 46 recommendations of the report entitled "Liberty and Security in a Changing World," issued on December 12, 2013, by the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.

Grayson (FL)


LATE Prohibits intelligence community entities from using funds authorized under this Act for the collection of metadata or information on U.S. citizens without probable cause of a terrorism or criminal offense.

Grayson (FL)


LATE Makes the classified schedule of authorizations under this Act available to all Members of Congress, rather than only two committees. Makes the Director of National Intelligence’s report on the declassification of documents associated with the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden available to all Members of Congress, rather than only two committees. Includes all of Congress as entities able to receive reports and information from contractors associated with penetration of networks and information systems, and Inspector General investigations that have been prohibited by the Secretary of Defense

Grayson (FL)


LATE Requires the Directors of National Intelligence and Central Intelligence Agency to disclose legal opinions or memoranda that has been used to justify the President’s targeted killing program against a U.S. person.

Grayson (FL)


LATE Requires immediate reporting of violations of law committed by the intelligence community, rather than annual reporting.

Grayson (FL)


LATE Requires disclosure of the number of U.S. persons whose domestic communications information has been collected, acquired, or retained under FISA, Title I.

Grijalva (AZ), Ellison (MN)


States that the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community shall perform an audit of the effectiveness and use of any procedures to assess, report, track, and investigate casualties resulting from targeted lethal force operations.

Hahn (CA)


Directs CIA to inform local governments when a surveillance operation is conducted by the CIA in the airspace located above the area in the jurisdiction of such authority. Exceptions are allowed in cases that would impact national security.

Holt (NJ), Lofgren (CA)


Prohibits the federal government from forcing manufacturers of electronics and software from building in “backdoors” that bypass the encryption or privacy technology of such device or software.

Holt (NJ)


Modernizes and strengthens whistle-blower protections for Intelligence Community employees and contractors.

Jackson Lee (TX)


REVISED Requires the Director of National Intelligence to conduct an assessment and report to Congress on the reliance of intelligence activities on civilian contractors to support Government activities, including intelligence analysis.

Keating (MA), Rooney (FL), Hanna (NY)


LATE REVISED Requires the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis, in consultation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Project Manager of Information Sharing Environment, to submit an intelligence assessment of the efficacy of the MOUs signed between Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial agencies to facilitate intelligence sharing.

Kelly, Robin (IL)


REVISED Allows the Director of National Intelligence to provide grants to historically black colleges and universities and Predominantly Black Institutions for the purpose of offering advanced foreign language programs deemed in the immediate interest of the intelligence community (including Farsi, Pashto, Middle Eastern, African, and South Asian dialects) and for study abroad and cultural immersion programs. Amendment will help Intelligence community meet its strategic diversity goals.

Kilmer (WA)


REVISED Requires the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to make recommendations to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on software procurement and usage, requires the DNI to issue guidelines to the intelligence community within 180 days of receiving the CIO’s recommendations.

King, Steve (IA)


Allows an element of the intelligence community to enter into an agreement with a person to compensate such person for retaining call data records for a period of time.

Lee, Barbara (CA)


Requires a report on intelligence activity that is being carried out pursuant to the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force in classified and unclassified form.

Lofgren (CA), Holt (NJ), Massie (KY)


Prohibits funding for 215 (50 USC 1861) orders that request the content of communications as defined by 18 U.S.C. 2510(8).

Lofgren (CA), Amash (MI), Holt (NJ), Massie (KY)


Prohibits the use of funds for searching for the communications of U.S. persons collected under section 702 of FISA and prohibits funding for issuing 702 orders that allow searching for the communications of US persons in data sets collected under 702 authority. Does not apply where there are already orders for US persons under FISA sections 105, 304, 703, 704, or 705, or title 18 of the US Code.

McCollum (MN)


Prevents the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and any other agency from using health or humanitarian workers or activities to collect foreign intelligence.

Pitts (PA), Lee, Barbara (CA), Yoho (FL), Schakowsky (IL), Wolf (VA), McGovern (MA)


REVISED Requires reports by the administration to further transparency as it relates to the use of targeted lethal force by use of remotely-piloted aircraft.

Poe (TX)


REVISED Requires the DNI to submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a comprehensive strategy to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaeda, its affiliated groups, associated groups, and adherents. The amendment also requests that the report include the Administration's definitions of al-Qaeda core, affiliated groups, associated groups, and adherents.

Rogers, Mike (MI)


MANAGER’S AMENDMENT LATE Makes technical and clarifying changes to Sections 104 and 402 of the reported bill and modifies Section 321 to ensure that the report on violations of law and executive order does not impact ongoing criminal investigations and to require the Director of National Intelligence to issue guidance to Intelligence Community elements on how to carry out the report.

Rogers, Mike (MI)


LATE Prohibits senior Intelligence Community civilian employees and senior legislative staff with access to sensitive compartmented information from immediately working for a company owned or controlled by a foreign government that poses a significant counterintelligence threat to the United States after they leave federal employment. Establishes notification and reporting requirements for such employees.

Schakowsky (IL)


REVISED prohibits the use of signature strikes by elements of the intelligence community against unknown targets. Would require an element of the intelligence community to know, with near-certainty, the identity and affiliation of at least one individual targeted by the signature strike prior to executing the strike.

Schiff (CA), Jones (NC)


REVISED Requires the Director of National Intelligence to prepare an annual report on the total number of civilian and combatant casualties caused by the use of targeted lethal force through the use of remotely piloted aircraft outside of Afghanistan. Requires the report to include definitions of terms and makes reporting retroactive to 2008.

Welch (VT), Lummis (WY), Price, David (NC)


Requires the President to publish a report in the Federal Register that lists the top line, total dollar amount requested in the President’s budget for each intelligence agency.

Yoho (FL)


Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit the annual report on violations of law or executive order by intelligence community personnel (Title III, Subtitle B) to the House Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees, as well as the intelligence committees. Grants the Director discretion to submit to the oversight committees either a redacted, summarized, or non-public version of the report.