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Reuters: Trump Eyes Former Senator Dan Coats as National Intelligence Director

President-elect Donald Trump is set to nominate Dan Coats, a former senator from Indiana, as the next director of national intelligence, Reuters reported Thursday. Steve Holland writes the official announcement of Coats’ nomination is anticipated this week. Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Coats …

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Jeh Johnson: FY 2017 Defense Policy Bill Covers DHS ‘Unity of Effort’ Initiative

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said the fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill signed by President Barack Obama includes provisions to codify components of DHS’ Unity of Effort initiative. Johnson said in a statement posted Tuesday the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes DHS’ efforts to unify the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and …

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Obama Clears $619B Defense Spending Legislation for Fiscal 2017

President Barack Obama has signed the 2017 defense policy bill that authorizes $618.7 billion in funds and includes $67 billion for overseas contingency operations, The Hill reported Friday. Rebecca Kheel writes the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act provides for $3.2 billion more OCO funds than Obama’s request that will cover a 2.1-percent military pay raise and additional …

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Obama Signs Inspector General Empowerment Bill

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that provides inspectors general to access data they need to perform their duties. The Inspectors General Empowerment Act of 2016 will give IGs authority to obtain necessary information without compromising the public’s privacy and civil liberties, the White House said Friday. House and Senate lawmakers unanimously approved the bill Dec. …

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Sen. Tom Carper: HQ Consolidation Could Save DHS $1B

A report from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware) estimates that the Department of Homeland Security will save nearly $1.2 billion over 30 years if DHS completes the  consolidation of its headquarters at the St. Elizabeths West campus in Washington, D.C. The report, titled “DHS Headquarters Consolidation at St. Elizabeths: Better Results for Less Money,” recommends the incoming administration …

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Report: FBI, ODNI Agree With CIA Assessment on Russia’s Influence Over 2016 US Election

CIA Director John Brennan has said FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper agree with CIA’s assessment that Russia launched cyber intrusions to help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election, The Washington Post reported Friday. Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima write that Brennan told CIA employees that …

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ODNI: Intell Community to Publicly Release Findings of Election-Related Foreign Intrusion Review

The Intelligence Community has begun to review foreign actions to influence U.S. presidential elections from 2008 to 2016 under an order from President Barack Obama. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday the IC will brief Congress upon completion of the study and release the findings to the public. ODNI added senior administration officials …

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House OKs Stopgap Funding Bill in 326-96 Vote

House lawmakers voted 326-96 Thursday to pass a stopgap spending bill that would fund government operations through the end of April 2017, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday. Sarah Ferris writes Republican leaders expect the bill to reach President Barack Obama’s desk in time to prevent a government shutdown on Saturday. The Senate aims to vote on …

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