U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced H.R. 3855: The Intelligence Budget Transparency Act. She was joined in introducing this bi-partisan bill by U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), David Price (D-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). This bill will require the top-line funding levels for all government funded intelligence agencies to be made public. This gives basic oversight of funding but does not inhibit or compromise America’s intelligence operations. Rep. Lummis also has a letter to President Obama urging him to submit the funding numbers for intelligence agencies in his annual budget for FY 2015.
“Providing for our national security and safeguarding Americans’ freedoms are fundamental roles of the federal government and ensuring effective intelligence is critical to that work,” said Rep. Lummis. “However, writing checks without any idea of where the money is going is bad policy. Disclosing the top-line budgets of each of our intelligence agencies promotes basic accountability among the agencies charged with protecting Americans without compromising our national security interests.”
The bill would apply to at least the following 16 agencies known to receive taxpayer funding for intelligence activities.