According to a Bloomberg report, President Obama will attempt to get out in front of recommendations by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board coming in late January or early February by announcing some changes of his own to the way the National Security Agency currently collects data as part of its massive surveillance programs.
The President met with the five-member board on Wednesday to discuss the best way to make changes to the agency's activities. After the meeting the group issued a statement saying that it would issue a report later in the month or in early February.
But according to the Bloomberg report, the President will announce changes prior to the State of the Union Address on January 28. Those proposals could come early next week, though we're not sure what changes he can make without some help from lawmakers.
When asked about the issue, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that the President was "still in the process of deliberating." President Obama is using meetings with stakeholders today and tomorrow to shape his decisions and "appreciates very much the opinions and counsel he’s getting on these matters," Carney said.
White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler is also expected to meet with privacy advocates from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Open Technology Institute and Cato Institute tomorrow to discuss the issue in detail.
We will have more on this story as it develops. The president could announce his plans for reforming the NSA as soon as next week, according to Bloomberg.