Congressional Budget Justification


PCLOB FY 2021 Congressional Budget Justification

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (the Board) requests $8.5 million for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget Request. This request represents a nearly 4 percent increase over the Board’s FY 2020 enacted level and is more than 30 percent below the Board’s projected full operating budget level. 


PCLOB FY 2019 Final Financial Audit

To the Chairman and Board of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board:

We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) as of September 30, 2019 and the related statements of net cost, changes in net position, and budgetary resources for the fiscal year ended, and the related notes to the financial statements. 


PCLOB FY 2020 Congressional Budget Justification

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board requests $8.5 million for its FY 2020 Budget Request. This represents a $3.5 million increase over the FY 2019 enacted level and will enable the Board, which regained a quorum in October 2018, to continue to fulfill its mission: ensuring that efforts by the executive branch to protect the nation against terrorism appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties.


PCLOB’s Plan in Anticipation of a Lapse in Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriation continues to be applicable for FY 2018

This plan details the response of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (“PCLOB” or “Board”) in anticipation of a lapse of fiscal year (“FY”) 2017 appropriation


PCLOB FY 2019 Congressional Budget Justification

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board requests $5 million for its FY 2019 Budget Request. This Request represents a $3 million decrease from the FY 2018 Request level. Due to projected cost avoidances resulting in lower costs related to personnel and office rent, the PCLOB can continue to operate fully in FY 2019 with a lower base funding level. PCLOB’s significant decrease in its Request from previous years is intended to enable the agency to spend carryover funds generated, in part, from its sub quorum status. The FY 2019 Request will allow the PCLOB to continue to execute its statutory mission: to conduct oversight and provide advice to ensure that efforts taken by the executive branch to protect the nation from terrorism are appropriately balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties.


Message from the Board on First Financial Audit

On September 30, 2018, when the period covered by this audit ended, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board had ten full-time employees working at the agency. Two were responsible for finance and accounting. The Board had no Chairman—that role had been vacant since July 2016—and only one part-time Board Member, who lived in Chicago. The Board had been without a quorum of Senate-confirmed Members for more than 18 months.


PCLOB FY 2018 Final Financial Audit

To the Chairman and Board of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board:

We were engaged to audit the accompanying balance sheets of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), as of September 30, 2018 and 2017 and the related statements of net cost, changes in net position, and budgetary resources for the fiscal years then ended, and the related notes to the financial statements.


PCLOB FY 2018 Congressional Budget Justification

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (“PCLOB” or the “Board”) requests $8 million (and no new positions) for its FY 2018 Budget Request. The PCLOB’s FY 2018 Request will allow the PCLOB to continue fulfilling its mission requirements: to conduct oversight and provide advice to ensure that efforts taken by the executive branch to protect the nation from terrorism are appropriately balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties, while operating as an established agency with a growing infrastructure and increasingly comprehensive operating policies and procedures.


PCLOB FY 2017 Congressional Budget Justification

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (“PCLOB” or the “Board”) requests $10,081 thousand (and no new positions) for its fiscal year (“FY”) 2017 budget request. This request would sustain the funding level set in the Board’s FY 2016 budget request with no requested increase to resources. The FY 2017 budget will allow the Board to continue its statutory mission: to conduct oversight and provide advice to ensure that efforts taken by the executive branch to protect the nation from terrorism are appropriately balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties.


PCLOB FY 2016 Congressional Budget Justification

The PCLOB requests $23.3 million for its fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request. This request represents an increase of $15.8 million over the Board’s FY 2015 budget. This change between FY 2015 and FY 2016 not only includes an increase of 12 positions, but is due primarily to a one-time increase of $13.2 million for the Board’s required physical move in 2016. The funding requested for the 2016 move is a one-time expense which is required because the building housing the Board’s current office is being torn down, and the Board must move to a new location where it can handle classified information and operate in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).