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Officials Question Why President Has Yet to Appoint Privacy Board Members

PRIVACY—U.S.

March 17, 2010

Privacy advocates and members of Congress are asking why President Barack Obama has not yet appointed nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, NPR reports. The board, which was created in 2004 at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, has been defunct for more than two years, the report states. "I wish they'd hurry up and get the nominations up here," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT). "I've written to President Obama and told him that this shouldn't lag any longer." A White House spokesman has said the positions will be filled soon, and that the president is committed to reviving the board. Despite some issues with the board's structure, former member Lanny Davis said it was "extremely effective" during its existence.
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