This bill would authorize funding for intelligence activities conducted by the U.S. government, such as by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for fiscal year 2018. Aside from the CIA and DNI, the following federal agencies would also receive funding from this bill: the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); the branches of the Dept. of Defense (D)D) that are involved in intelligence activities; intelligence divisions of the State Dept., National Security Agency (NSA), the Treasury Dept., and the Dept. of Justice (DOJ). The bill would make no changes to any surveillance authorities, including those currently set to expire later this year.
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.
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.
DNI would be required to provide a report analyzing the most significant Russian influence campaigns directed at foreign elections, if any, during the three year period prior to this bill’s enactment. The report would include the most significant current or planned Russian influence campaigns, if any. DNI would also produce a report in conjunction with the FBI, and the Dept. of Homeland Security about foreign counterintelligence and cybersecurity threats to federal election campaigns. It would also compile a report on Russia’s ability to finance threat activity.