Federal Manager's Daily Report

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has included a number of personnel-related provisions in an intelligence community authorization bill it passed last week.

Those provisions include prohibiting denial of a security clearance to IC personnel based solely on past use of cannabis, which sponsor Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Wash., called “a common-sense change to ensure the IC can recruit the most capable people possible.”

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Other provisions include requiring the director of national intelligence to offer voluntary cybersecurity assistance to protect the personal devices and accounts of key IC personnel at risk of surveillance by foreign governments; ensuring that the IC can’t use a pretext to revoke a whistleblower’s security clearance; removing the damages cap for whistleblowers; strengthening protections for IC whistleblowers to make disclosures directly to Congress; and prohibiting the public disclosure of a whistleblower’s identity as an act of reprisal.

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