Events and Press

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Filed: September 24, 2021

Agency Lapse Plan Agency Lapse Plan

This plan details the response of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board in the event of a lapse in appropriations that would shut down some portion of the federal government.



Filed: January 25, 2021

Statement by Chairman Klein on Intent to Resign as Chairman of the Board

Chairman Klein has conveyed to President Biden that he intends to resign as Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board no later than the confirmation of a successor to complete his term. 


Filed: December 21, 2020

Chairman Klein: How the US and Europe quietly share data to prevent terrorist attacks



The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has completed its review of the US Department of Treasury’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP). The program was initiated after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to identify, track, and pursue terrorists and their networks.

Chairman Adam Klein has also issued a statement. 



Filed: November 19, 2020

WSJ: EU Leans Heavily on US Program Tracking Terror Financing


The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has completed its review of the US Department of Treasury’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP).The program was initiated after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to identify, track, and pursue terrorists and their networks.

The Wall Street Journal published a story about TFTP that included comments from Chairman Adam Klein.


Filed: October 16, 2020

The Board Votes to Conclude its DHS Data Framework Oversight Project

The Board has voted to conclude its DHS Data Framework oversight project. When the Board initiated the project in 2017, the Data Framework contained sensitive data and was intended to enable users to conduct classified queries for counterterrorism purposes. Since then, however, the Data Framework has evolved significantly. It has now transitioned to the DHS Data Services Branch (DSB), where it will be used for purposes unrelated to counterterrorism. DHS has conveyed to the Board that as part of this transition, DHS deleted all previously ingested data and that screening and vetting activity have ceased.

The Board retains the authority to resume this oversight project should the DSB develop any nexus to counterterrorism activity in the future.


Filed: October 4, 2020

FISA Oversight Public Forum

The Board held a June 24, 2020 virtual public forum as part of its oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. The virtual event provided Board Members with a diverse range of viewpoints on the FISA process, the law’s use for counterterrorism, challenges for privacy and civil liberties, and proposals for changes to the law. 


Filed: June 19, 2020

Board to Hold June 24, 2020 Virtual Forum on FISA

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has announced a June 24 virtual public forum to examine the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. The Board will consider the past and future of FISA in light of recent Department of Justice Inspector General reports on the law’s use. The virtual public forum will provide Board Members with a diverse range of viewpoints on the FISA process, the law’s use for counterterrorism, challenges for privacy and civil liberties, and proposals for changes to the law.

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