As much of official Washington is awaiting President Obama’s speech at the Justice Department on January 17, in which he will try to strike a balance between national security and individual privacy, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which was established in 2007 to do much the same … [Read more...] about Privacy and civil liberties panel to meet a few days after Obama’s speech at the Justice Department
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced bipartisan legislation on January 9 that would require an independent Office of Net Assessment (ONA) within the Department of Defense. The organization, which is charged with identifying … [Read more...] about Bill to require independent Office of Net Assessment in Pentagon introduced in House and Senate
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) on January 13 introduced H.R. 3855, The Intelligence Budget Transparency Act, which would require the federal government to disclose the dollar amount proposed to be spent on intelligence activities for each element of the government. Lummis was joined in introducing … [Read more...] about Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduces bill to require top-line funding levels for intelligence agencies to be made public.
Two recent presidential nominations of key players in the Intelligence Community -- Caroline Diane Krass to be general counsel of the CIA and Daniel Bennett Smith to be assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research -- are awaiting Senate confirmation. Both nominees … [Read more...] about Two key IC nominations await Senate confirmation
Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), who serves on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, pressed the White House on January 6 for a full and transparent accounting of what he called “the CIA’s brutal and misguided detention and interrogation program.” In a letter to President Obama dated … [Read more...] about Udall pushes Obama to disclose info on ‘brutal and misguided’ detention and interrogation programs
Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat from Connecticut and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has submitted legislation that would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit an annual report about any violations of law or executive orders by personnel of the Intelligence … [Read more...] about Rep. Himes wants report from IC on alleged violations of law by IC personnel
The Office of the Inspector General at DHS has taken a look at how well the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center is doing in coordinating the dissemination of information among five separate federal cyber operations centers and has developed a roster of recommendations for … [Read more...] about DHS inspector general wants improvements in cyber incident info-sharing
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued a notice on August 28 that future updated versions of its Standard Form 312, entitled Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement, will conform to the requirements of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012, which was … [Read more...] about ODNI’s classified info disclosure form now conforms to 2012 whistleblower law