“The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (IAA) today on a bipartisan 16-0 vote,” Senator Mark Warner’s July 28, 2021, press release stated. “The bill authorizes funding, provides legal authorities, and enhances congressional oversight for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).” However, the last line of his release, which is one of the background bullet point objectives for the bill, will likely be the most exciting for the general public:
“Supporting the IC’s efforts to assess unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), following up on the work of the UAP Task Force.”
When reading the bill that has just passed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which does have a long road to being passed by the House, Senate, then signed into law by President Joe Biden; Section 345 has extensive detail about UAPs, the UAP Task Force, and the data they will receive.
SEC. 345. SUPPORT FOR AND OVERSIGHT OF UNIDENTIFIED AERIAL PHENOMENA TASK FORCE. (a) Definitions.--In this section: (1) Appropriate committees of congress.--The term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' includes: (A) The congressional intelligence committees. (B) The Committee on Armed Services of the Senate. (C) The Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives. (2) Unidentified aerial phenomena task force.--The term ``Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force'' means the task force established by the Department of Defense on August 4, 2020, to be led by the Department of the Navy, under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. (b) Availability of Data on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.--The Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense shall each, in coordination with each other, require each element of the intelligence community and the Department of Defense with data relating to unidentified aerial phenomena to make such data available immediately to the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. (c) Quarterly Reports to Congress.-- (1) In general.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and not less frequently than quarterly thereafter, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, or such other entity as the Deputy Secretary of Defense may designate to be responsible for matters relating to unidentified aerial phenomena, shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress quarterly reports on the findings of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, or such other designated entity as the case may be. (2) Contents.--Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall include, at a minimum, the following: (A) All reported unidentified aerial phenomena- related events that occurred during the previous 90 days. (B) All reported unidentified aerial phenomena- related events that occurred during a time period other than the previous 90 days but were not included in an earlier report. (3) Form.--Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall be submitted in classified form.
In addition, they tried to pass on the decades-old explanation that although the USAF investigated UFOs with Project Blue Book, they cancelled it and haven’t done so since.