from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2013, Issue No. 10
January 28, 2013
Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/
ODNI BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS, 2011-2013 (REDACTED)
"Integrating intelligence will continue to be the organizing principle for the future," according to the FY2013 Congressional Budget Justification Book for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "The takedown of Usama Bin Ladin provided a prime example of what can be accomplished when the IC [intelligence community] works together toward a single goal, but every day the benefits of integration are visible throughout the IC."
Unclassified portions of the FY 2013 ODNI budget book, which was submitted to Congress in February 2012, were released by ODNI last week under the Freedom of Information Act.
While most programmatic information and almost all quantitative data were withheld, the redacted document still contains a few points of interest. For example:
"While we can never eliminate all risk of unauthorized release of classified information," it states, "structural reforms have been implemented to improve technical security capabilities and information access policies" (p. 2).In addition to the FY 2013 document, ODNI also released heavily redacted versions of its budget justification books for FY 2011 and FY 2012.
ODNI support to the Nuclear Command and Control System is noted (p. 83), as is its support to continuity of government activities (p. 84).
This year the IC Inspector General expects to "develop an IC-wide Whistleblower Protection process and program as required under the National Security Act" (pp. 99-100).
ODNI will "develop and implement an enterprise approach to foreign intelligence liaison relationships" (p. 109) and will "continue to leverage trade associations, key industry partners, NGOs, and academic institutions to improve lines of communication to the IC" (p. 110).
In his capacity as Security Executive Agent, the DNI is preparing a policy to govern the use of polygraph testing throughout the intelligence community. Judging from an October 2012 draft obtained by Marisa Taylor of McClatchy Newspapers, the new policy consolidates existing practices more than it charts a new course. See "After criticism, Obama officials quietly craft new polygraph policy," January 24:
As Security Executive Agent, the DNI is also now responsible for classified information non-disclosure agreements, foreign travel reporting requirements, and other security clearance-related matters. Last week, ODNI invited public comment on the contents of Standard Form 714, the Financial Disclosure Report which government employees and contractors must submit as a condition of access to certain types of classified information.
MARITIME DISPUTES IN EAST ASIA, AND MORE FROM CRS
New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has declined to make broadly available to the public include the following.
Maritime Territorial Disputes in East Asia: Issues for Congress, January 23, 2013:
Algeria: Current Issues, January 18, 2013:
Malawi: Recent Developments and U.S. Relations, December 11, 2012:
Kosovo: Current Issues and U.S. Policy, January 23, 2013:
Air Quality: EPA's 2013 Changes to the Particulate Matter (PM) Standard, January 23, 2013:
Department of Defense Food Procurement: Background and Status, January 24, 2013:
Presidential Appointments to Full-Time Positions in Independent and Other Agencies During the 111th Congress, January 22, 2013:
An Analysis of Where American Companies Report Profits: Indications of Profit Shifting, January 18, 2013:
Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists.
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