On Tuesday, Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) voted for the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 in the Senate Intelligence Committee markup, which includes several of his proposals to help prevent leaks of classified information. The legislation provides new authorities to improve the operations and oversight of the intelligence community, recommends funding and personnel changes to the administration's budget request, and addresses a variety of reforms to rein in the disclosure of classified information.
"The recent series of high profile leaks of classified intelligence demands action from this Congress," said Coats. "I am pleased the committee adopted several of my proposals as part of a package of reforms to address these serious breaches in national security. Disclosure of classified information puts American lives at greater risk, as well as the lives of those who help the United States intelligence community."
"Senators Feinstein and Chambliss deserve recognition for their leadership on this issue," added Coats. "I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure these reforms are implemented quickly and effectively to prevent future irresponsible leaks."
The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 cleared the committee by a vote of 14-1 and will now head to the full Senate for consideration at a later date.
Coats worked with the committee to include the following provisions in the bill to help prevent leaks:
A requirement that the executive branch notifies Congress when making certain authorized disclosures of intelligence information to the public;
A prohibition on current and former intelligence officials entering into certain contracts with media organizations; and
A provision to improve the intelligence community's ability to detect insider threats.