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Congress lowers funding for intelligence, cybersecurity

The House and Senate showed a reluctance to fully fund the White House’s budget request for Homeland Security Department’s work on intelligence and infrastructure protection in legislation that would fund the department for fiscal 2004. “The committee is aware of the recent and rapid stand-up of the information analysis and infrastructure protection directorate and the challenges that have been presented in this endeavor,” the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee noted in its report on the bill, H.R. 2555. “However, the committee is concerned with the lack of justification for increased funding … and the inability of the department to provide sufficient detail to date on each program, project and activity.” The panel requested that justification. The directorate would receive $776 million under the House version of the bill, and $823.7 million under the Senate’s version. The White House requested $829 million. It would use the money to collect and disseminate information on terrorist threats, integrate data with foreign intelligence agencies, and develop and implement a plan against terrorist threats and national vulnerabilities, according to the Senate committee. Full Story

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