US spy agencies spent nearly USD 68 bn in 2014

US spy agencies spent nearly USD 68 billion in fiscal year 2014, about the same level of spending on intelligence gathering in the previous year, the government has said.

AFP| Updated: Oct 31, 2014, 09:26 AM IST

Washington: US spy agencies spent nearly USD 68 billion in fiscal year 2014, about the same level of spending on intelligence gathering in the previous year, the government has said.

Funding for the country's 17 intelligence agencies reached a peak of about USD 80 billion in 2011 and has gradually declined since, according to figures released every year by the office of the director of national intelligence (ODNI) and the Defense Department.

The numbers released yesterday reflected the total funds approved by Congress in the fiscal year that ended in September, with the national intelligence program -- including the Central Intelligence Agency -- spending at USD 50.5 billion and military intelligence program funds at USD 17.4 billion.

Total spending for fiscal year 2013 was also about USD 68 billion. The proposed intelligence budget for 2013 had been higher but automatic spending cuts mandated by Congress scaled back funding by several billion dollars.

Officials declined to provide a breakdown of the intelligence budget or any further details about how the money was spent.