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David Medine was confirmed on May 7 as the new chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board after a two-and-a-half year delay. Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel at The Constitution Project, was interviewed May 14 on Federal News Radio's Federal Drive to discuss this delay and the outlook for the new chairman.
TCP suggests that the PCLOB should begin by focusing on the following three priority areas where independent review and oversight are most urgently needed: (1) programs whose very existence is classified and that remain largely if not entirely unknown to the public; (2) the targeted killing or drone program; and (3) programs that involve intelligence collection on, and government monitoring of, U.S. persons and their personal information.
Civil Society progress report on the Obama Administration's recently released Open Government Partnership US National Action Plan (NAP), an outline of steps to making the federal government more transparent and accountable.
Twelve prominent conservatives' letter to full Senate urging approval of bipartisan slate of nominees to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.