Drones in Domestic Airspace, and More from CRS

A survey of policy issues raised by the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in domestic U.S. airspace was presented in a new report yesterday from the Congressional Research Service. The report described the current and projected market for UAS, applications of UAS in government and industry, safety and security issues, the current regulatory environment, […]

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ODNI Workforce Profiled in Human Capital Plan

Demographic information concerning the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Intelligence Community as a whole is provided in a newly-released ODNI Strategic Human Capital Plan, 2012-2017. As of 2012, the total Intelligence Community workforce was 76.6% white, and 61.6% male, both higher than the overall federal workforce (which was 65.6% white and […]

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Federal Conspiracy Law, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that were issued last week include the following. Federal Conspiracy Law: A Brief Overview, updated January 20, 2016 Methods of Estimating the Total Cost of Federal Regulations, January 21, 2016 Judicial Redress Act 101 — What to Know as Senate Contemplates Passing New Privacy Law, CRS […]

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An AUMF Against the Islamic State, and More from CRS

Ongoing U.S. military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria lacks any specific authorization from Congress.  A comparative analysis of various proposals for Congress to enact an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State is provided in an updated report from the Congressional Research Service. “Although the Obama Administration […]

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Fixing Pre-Publication Review

As a condition of gaining access to classified information, many government employees agree to submit to official pre-publication review of any public statement they wish to make that is related to their government employment. This procedure has long been a source of conflict and controversy, but over time the pre-publication review process has become increasingly […]

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Intelligence-Related Legislation, and More from CRS

Recent legislative provisions on intelligence policy are surveyed and cataloged in a newly updated Congressional Research Service report. In the past two annual intelligence authorization bills, Congress enacted various directions and requirements concerning intelligence agency financial auditability, insider threats, contractor oversight, and many other topics. These are tabulated and reviewed in Intelligence Authorization Legislation for […]

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The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce: Background and Congressional Oversight Issues for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, January 8, 2016 The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): In Brief, updated January 8, 2016 American Agriculture and the Trans-Pacific […]

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ISOO Director Fitzpatrick Moves to NSC

John P. Fitzpatrick, the director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), left his position at the end of last week to join the National Security Council staff. As ISOO director for the past four years or so, Mr. Fitzpatrick was responsible for oversight of national security classification and declassification activities government-wide. “John led ISOO […]

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House Poised to Pass FOIA Amendments

The House of Representatives is expected to approve a new package of amendments to the Freedom of Information Act this week, in a bill known as the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015. The sponsors of the bill said it “would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to increase transparency and accountability in […]

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