The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will be short-handed by the time President-elect Donald Trump comes into office, The Associated Press reports. As of Jan. 7, the panel will only have two members and zero democrats. The board is required to act as an independent, bipartisan agency, and needs at least three members to conduct business. The board could only work on ongoing projects until Trump nominates the remaining members to reach the necessary number of five seats. One of the two remaining Republicans on the board, Rachel Brand, is set to have her term expire in January, although she may continue into March. The board was resurrected following the Snowden disclosures back in 2013, when it ruled the NSA's surveillance programs were illegal. Paul Rosenzweig discusses the near-death of the PCLOB in a column for Lawfare.
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