The Obama administration will receive more recommendations on how to reform the government's surveillance activities, this time from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
President Obama will speak Friday, announcing how he plans to reform the country's surveillance programs after receiving recommendations last month from a White House-convened group of privacy and intelligence experts.
The group recommended altering the National Security Agency (NSA) program that collects phone data on virtually all American phone calls. Phone companies, rather than the NSA, should store the data, the group said.
The oversight board, which was created after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, but was not fully operational until last year, said in a statement that it looks forward to Obama's response to those recommendations but will be releasing its own set of recommendations next week.
After a public meeting on Jan. 23, the board will release a report containing "a detailed analysis" of the phone data program and addressing the program's "statutory basis, constitutional implications, and whether it strikes the right balance between national security and privacy and civil liberties," according to the statement.
It will also "make recommendations for legislative and program reform" to the surveillance program and "recommend reforms to the operation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court," which approves government requests for surveillance authority.
The oversight board will release a second report "in the coming months" about a separate surveillance program that allows the NSA to collect electronic communications without a warrant.