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Senate Panel Wants Intelligence Spending Made Public

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has approved language in the fiscal 2007 authorization bill that calls on the President to annually make public the cost of the National Intelligence Program. The NIP includes the intelligence efforts of 16 federal agencies and covers about 75 percent of the nation’s intelligence expenses. The remainder is allocated to the Defense Department. The committee also asked Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte to report back in six months on the feasibility of making individual intelligence agency budgets public. (5/31/06