Rep. Keating Submits Amendments To Intelligence Authorization Bill

US Congressman William Keating

US Congressman William Keating

BARNSTABLE – Congressman William Keating has submitted two amendments to the Intelligence Authorization Bill that passed the House recently.

The 9th District representative’s amendment requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on the Intelligence Community’s progress in forging information sharing agreements with foreign partners, helping Congress to identify the challenges impeding coordinated intelligence efforts.

“The Intelligence Authorization Act makes substantial strides in ensuring that intelligence surrounding the flows of foreign fighters are shared with Congress,” said Keating.

“However blind spots still remain with respect to these fighters stemming from a lack of information sharing from our international partners.”

The second amendment preserves FBI accountability and continues to improve their information sharing with local law enforcement authorities.

The Intelligence Authorization Act eliminated the statutory requirement for the FBI to report to Congress on their progress in implementing information sharing principles.

The amendment reinstates that requirement with the recognition that the FBI has more work to do on information sharing to better protect the American public.

“The recent events involving the plan of radicalized individuals in Massachusetts to target law enforcement officials underscore the fact that protecting America requires the joint efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement,” said Keating.
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