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White House Seeks $54B Intelligence Budget for FY 2016

budget analysis reviewThe White House has requested $53.9 billion to fund U.S. spy agencies in fiscal year 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Damian Paletta writes that the budget proposal is up from the amount submitted last year and will cover the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA and six federal departments.

Paletta reports the requested funds are for intelligence collection activities and the development of counterintelligence, counterterrorism and counterproliferation operational functions.

Julian Hattem of The Hill also reported Monday that the proposal comes amid the continued threat of terrorist organizations.

Hattem writes that the increased funding could also support government programs on information sharing and data collection.

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