October 2, 2000
S. 2507 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001
The Administration is generally supportive of S. 2507, as modified by the
manager's amendment and other amendments described below. With respect to
the Committee-reported bill, the Administration appreciates the inclusion
of a number of substantive provisions that would contribute to the
effectiveness, efficiency, and security of U.S. intelligence activities.
Examples include: Section 405, which extends the availability of funds to
three years for the purchase of land, and Section 403, which permits the
CIA to continue to improve its efforts with the Central Services Program.
In addition, language on the critical importance of electronic
collaboration supports the Administration's ongoing effort to leverage
technology to achieve the highest level of intelligence products.
(Sen. Shelby (R) Alabama)
The Administration supports the manager's amendment and a number of other
amendments. In particular, the inclusion of Senator Moynihan's amendment
on declassification for the public interest would be a meaningful step
toward even greater progress in declassification. Moreover, the amendment
provides for an effective process to advise on priorities for
declassification, as opposed to limited scope declassification bills.
While the Administration has concerns with the Committee-reported Section
503 concerning personnel management, these concerns appear to be addressed
in Senator Warner's amendment.
While S. 2507 does not direct a specific change to existing practices, the
Administration is opposed to efforts by the Congress to mandate the
management, operations, and security procedures for diplomatic
telecommunications. The Administration is working diligently to resolve
any outstanding problems with diplomatic telecommunications. Any such
provisions would be counterproductive to this effort.