Walter Pincus


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Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Battleground: Reform Bill." Washington Post, 30 May 1996, A29.


Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Bill Clears Congress: Bush Expected to Approve Post-9/11 Reforms Next Week." Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2004, A4. []

The U.S. Senate approved the intelligence restructuring bill on 8 December 2004 and "sent it to the White House, where President Bush is expected to sign it into law next week." See also, Philip Shenon, "Senate Approves Intelligence Bill," New York Times, 9 Dec. 2004.


Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Budget Cuts Criticized: 2 Senate Panels Clashed on Funds." Washington Post, 5 Jul. 1998, A10. []

"Senate cuts of some $400 million from President Clinton's request for intelligence spending in fiscal 1999 could have a 'fairly severe' impact on support to future battlefield operations, according to administration and congressional intelligence experts." OMB "has told Congress it 'strongly opposes' the 'significant reductions' in the fiscal 1999 Intelligence Authorization Bill....

"This year, the intelligence committee made significant reductions and moved that money to other intelligence programs.... Overall, according to one source, the intelligence committee shifted almost $1 billion. But when the bill went to the Armed Services Committee, that panel's staff ... used the intelligence committee's cuts to fund nonintelligence Pentagon programs" that committee members favored.... The measure's next stop is a conference with the House," where the SSCI "slightly increased the president's original request."


Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Director's Budget May Near $1 Billion, Report Finds." Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2006, A11. []

The HPSCI report on the FY 2007 intelligence authorization bill "contains a figure by the Congressional Budget Office of $990 million for the intelligence community management account that provides the principal funding" for the DNI office. "[S]pending for the intelligence community management account, when it served the former CIA director in his role of director of central intelligence, was less than $200 million a year.... The proposed budget, which is about one-third the size of all CIA funding in years before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is far larger than expected. DNI officials recently attributed the growth to their absorbing of existing agencies and unfunded tasks."


Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Director Urged to Take Charge: House Committee Cites 'Chronic Problems.'" Washington Post, 11 May 2007, A4. []

The HPSCI wants DNI Mike McConnell "to assume a greater managerial role to correct what it describes as gaps in what is known about enemies and threats.... In a report released on the eve of a House vote on the roughly $48 billion intelligence authorization bill for fiscal 2008, the committee says it is concerned that McConnell 'has not taken a consistent approach on whether [he] will serve as coordinator or executor of intelligence community functions.'...

"[T]he House approved the bill by a vote of 225 to 197, after members concerned about the proposed growth of McConnell's office voted to limit its size to the number of employees working there as of May 1. The committee report also criticizes progress being made on the future architecture of the U.S. space intelligence satellites, saying a problem has been 'festering for some time' because of cost overruns and delays in completing projects."


Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Efforts Get Boost: Undercover Officers to Keep Salaries From Civilian Jobs Abroad." Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2004. []

The fiscal 2005 intelligence authorization bill approved by Congress on 7 December 2004 "approved changes in law that will permit undercover CIA officers serving overseas to keep salaries from their civilian jobs even when they exceed what they would have been paid by the federal government." The target group of this change are those "nonofficial cover" (NOC) officers working overseas "for private companies or as consultants or owners of small businesses."


Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Official Shares His Organizational Vision." Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2010. []

Speaking last week at a conference sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center, DNI James R. Clapper Jr. said he is "making structural and personnel changes in his organization." Clapper told the conference that he "was going to give his principal deputy the job of chief operating officer." Clapper has named David R. Shedd the principal deputy DNI and Robert Cardillo as DNI deputy director for intelligence integration. As described by Clapper, ithe latter job "replaces two former DNI deputy directors, one who was in charge of collection and another who handled analysis."


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