Under election-year pressure, President Bush agreed on Wednesday to give a new national intelligence director what he called full budgetary authority over much of the intelligence community despite initial objections.So right! He makes a decision and never strays!!!
The White House, which had balked at transferring sweeping budget authority as recommended by the Sept. 11 commission, said Bush would now support giving the new director control over funding for the National Foreign Intelligence Program, which includes at least half of the $40 billion intelligence budget.
But the White House stopped short of agreeing to grant the new intelligence director the sweeping powers to hire and fire top intelligence officials. The White House said the director would play a role in the selection process and that agencies would need the director's "concurrence" for key appointments.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
First No, Now...
Yes, of course:
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