President Obama will unveil his proposed reforms to the nation's surveillance programs in a speech next Friday, Jan. 17, the White House announced.
"He will be remaking remarks to discuss the outcomes of the work that has been done in the review process," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
Obama has spent recent weeks reviewing a series of 46 recommendations made by a White House review panel, which has called for additional transparency and privacy protections to be added to the controversial NSA surveillance programs.
According to early reports, the president is expected to call for a halt to the government collection of telephone metadata and ask phone companies or a third party to retain control of that information. Under that practice, the government would need to seek additional legal approval to review American's phone histories.
The president will also reportedly call for additional oversight of the National Intelligence Priorities Framework, a document used to rank intelligence goals and used while making the decision on whether to surveil foreign heads of state.
That practice — revealed in documents obtained by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden — has led to diplomatic headaches for the White House in recent months.
Foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel — expressed outrage when newspapers reported that American intelligence had listened in on her mobile phone.
In recent days, the president and other top White House officials have met with lawmakers, members of the intelligence community, privacy advocates and tech companies ahead of the expected announcement.
On Friday, Sens. Mark UdallMark UdallPicking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Gorsuch's critics, running out of arguments, falsely scream 'sexist' Election autopsy: Latinos favored Clinton more than exit polls showed MORE (D-Colo.), Ron WydenRon WydenWhat killing net neutrality means for the internet Overnight Tech: Net neutrality fight descends into trench warfare | Zuckerberg visits Ford factory | Verizon shines light on cyber espionage Franken, top Dems blast FCC over net neutrality proposal MORE (D-Ore.) and Martin HeinrichMartin HeinrichOvernight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Dems hammer Trump for 'broken promises' in first 100 days The outdoor recreation economy is a force that is here to stay MORE (D-N.M.) called on Obama to halt the collection of phone records and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court tasked with approving top-secret surveillance in a letter to the president.
Wyden and Udall were among a group of lawmakers who met with Obama on Thursday.
"We believe you have the authority to make many of these changes now, and we urge you to do so with reasonable haste to protect both our national security and the personal rights and liberties of U.S. citizens,” they wrote.