Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: 109th Congress Proposed Refinements

Publication Date: July 2005

Publisher: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service


Research Area: Human rights



Among the recommendations made by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) in its final report was the creation of a board within the executive branch to oversee adherence to guidelines on, and the commitment to defend, civil liberties by the federal government. This report examines the realization of this recommendation with the creation of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and efforts in the 109th Congress to refine the mandate and the mission of the board (H.R. 1310). This report will be updated as events warrant.