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Intelligence Bill Would Enhance Whistleblower Protections

Among the many items on Congress’s crowded July agenda is floor action on a three-year catch-up on the Intelligence Community authorization bill, a largely bipartisan package drafted in both chambers, with Senate provisions that would enhance protections for whistleblowers.

On June 26, the House Select Intelligence Committee by voice vote cleared its version (H.R. 3494) of what is called the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (named for two recently deceased congressional staffers), following similar bipartisan approval of S. 1589 by the Senate Intelligence panel in May.

The usual panoply of issues includes requiring the CIA to investigate Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections, codifying a recent reorganization of the security clearance process, enhancing the Intelligence Community inspector general’s oversight through greater consistency and an appeals process, enhancing career path flexibility and benefits for cybersecurity experts and providing paid parental leave for the civilian workforce.

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