Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: New Independent Agency Status
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Recommended by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States 911 Commission, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board PCLOB was initially established as an agency within the Executive Office of the President EOP in 2004. Critics, however, maintained that the board appeared to be a presidential appendage, devoid of the capability to exercise independent judgment and assessment or to provide impartial findings and recommendations. This viewpoint gained acceptance in the 110th Congress when the PCLOB was reconstituted as an independent agency within the executive branch by the Implementing Recommendations of the 911 Commission Act IR911CA, signed into law on August 6, 2007. The Obama Administration has not yet nominated members to the board. This report will be updated as events warrant.
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