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White House Opposes Certain Provisions in House’s Intelligence Authorization Bill

WhiteHouseThe Obama administration has deemed “unnecessary” four initiatives that have been included in the House’s Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

The Office of Management and Budget said June 15 in a statement of administration policy that the White House opposes one provision that would prohibit the U.S. from closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center and transferring detainees to other facilities.

The White House also believes a proposal to restrict sharing of non-public U.S. intelligence in response to foreign government inquiries could affect U.S.’ relations with partner countries, according to OMB.

According to the agency, the legislation also seeks to expand the functions of a proposed Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center beyond the duties assigned by President Barack Obama.

OMB added the bill’s reporting requirements do not offer flexibility for intelligence agencies to manage special access programs and comply with oversight procedures.

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