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6 CFR Part 1000

[PCLOB; Docket No. 2013-0005; Sequence 2]
RIN 0311-AA02

Organization and Delegation of Powers and Duties

AGENCY: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is issuing 
this rule to provide information to the public about the Board's 
organization, function, and operations.

DATES: This rule is effective June 5, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Reingold, Chief Administrative 
Officer, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, at 202-331-1986.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This rule informs the public about the 
structure, function, and operation of the Privacy and Civil Liberties 
Oversight Board, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(1).

I. Background

    The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (Board) was created 
as an independent agency within the executive branch by the 
Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. It has 
two primary purposes: (1) To analyze and review actions the executive 
branch takes to protect the United States from terrorism, ensuring that 
the need for such actions is balanced with the need to protect privacy 
and civil liberties; and (2) to ensure that liberty concerns are 
appropriately considered in the development and implementation of laws, 
regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the Nation 
against terrorism. This rule describes the Board's organization and 
functioning and, therefore, is exempt from requirements related to 
notice and comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A).

II. Regulatory Analysis and Notices

Executive Order 12866

    This rule is not a ``significant regulatory action'' within the 
meaning of Executive Order 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act, as Amended

    The Administrative Procedure Act does not require a notice of 
proposed rulemaking for this rule, therefore, the provisions of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (as amended by the Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Act of 1996) do not apply.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 requires agencies to 
prepare a written statement of economic and regulatory alternatives 
anytime a proposed or final rule imposes a new or additional 
enforceable duty on any state, local, or tribal government or the 
private sector that causes those entities to spend, in aggregate, $100 
million or more (adjusted for inflation) in any one year (a ``federal 
mandate''). The Board determined that such a written statement is not 
required in connection with this rule because it does not impose a 
federal mandate.

National Environmental Policy Act

    The Board analyzed this action for the purpose of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and determined that it would not 
significantly affect the environment; therefore, an environmental 
impact statement is not required.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule does not include an information collection for purposes 
of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    The Board analyzed this action in accordance with Executive Order 
13132 and determined that a Federalism Assessment is not necessary.

List of Subjects in 6 CFR Part 1000

    Authority delegations (Government agencies), Organization and 
functions (Government agencies).

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Board establishes chapter X 
of title 6, Code of Federal Regulations, consisting of parts 1000 
through 1099, to read as follows:



1000.1 Purpose.
1000.2 Definitions.
1000.3 Organization.
1000.4 Functions.
1000.5 Delegations of authority.

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 552.

Sec.  1000.1  Purpose.

    This part describes the organization of the Board, and the 
assignment of authorities and the responsibilities of the Board, 
individual Board members, and employees.

Sec.  1000.2  Definitions.

    As used in this part:
    Board means the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, 
established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission 
Act of 2007, Public Law 110-53.
    Chairman means the Chairman of the Board, as appointed by the 
President and confirmed by the Senate under section 801(a) of the 
Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Public 
Law 110-53.
    General Counsel means the Board's principal legal advisor.
    Member means an individual appointed by the President, with the 
advice and consent of the Senate, to be a member of the Board.

Sec.  1000.3  Organization.

    (a) The Board is comprised of four part-time Board members and a 
full-time Chairman, each appointed by the President with the advice and 
consent of the Senate.
    (b) The Board's staff is comprised of the following administrative 
    (1) Office of Management and Operations;
    (2) Office of the General Counsel; and
    (3) Office of Liaison and Oversight.

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Sec.  1000.4  Functions.

    (a) The Board provides advice and counsel to the President and 
executive departments and agencies to ensure that privacy and civil 
liberties are appropriately considered in proposed legislation, 
regulations, and policies, and in the implementation of new and 
existing legislation, regulations, and policies, related to efforts to 
protect the Nation from terrorism;
    (b) The Board oversees actions by the executive branch relating to 
efforts to protect the Nation from terrorism to determine whether such 
actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and are 
consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding 
privacy and civil liberties; and
    (c) The Board receives and reviews reports and other information 
from privacy and civil liberties officers under 42 U.S.C. 2000ee-1 and, 
when appropriate, makes recommendations to and coordinates the 
activities of privacy and civil liberties officers on relevant 
interagency matters.

Sec.  1000.3  Delegations of authority.

    (a) The Board. The Board is the head of the agency. The Board is 
responsible for the overall planning, direction, and control of the 
agency's agenda. The delegations of authority in this part do not 
extend to the following actions which are reserved to the Board:
    (1) Disposition of all rulemaking and similar proceedings involving 
the promulgation of rules or the issuance of statements of general 
    (2) Determination of advice or recommendations to the President or 
executive departments and agencies regarding the matters described in 
42 U.S.C. 2000ee(d).
    (3) Determination of the Board's annual agenda or other statement 
of operational priorities; and
    (4) Redelegation to one or more Board members or staff of those 
responsibilities delegated to the Chairman in Sec.  1000.3(b), in the 
event of a vacancy.
    (5) Any authority that is not delegated by the Board in this part, 
or otherwise vested in officials other than the Board, is reserved to 
the Board. Except as otherwise provided, the Board may exercise powers 
and duties delegated or assigned to individuals other than the Board.
    (b) The Chairman. The Chairman is the executive and administrative 
head of the Board. The Chairman has the authority, duties, and 
responsibilities assigned to the Chairman under 42 U.S.C. 2000ee(h)(5) 
and (j)(1) and is responsible for the agency's day-to-day operations. 
The Chairman is delegated the authority to:
    (1) Exercise control over the Board's management and functioning;
    (2) Implement and execute the Board's budget;
    (3) Develop and effectively use staff support to carry out the 
functions of the Board, including, but not limited to, the supervision 
and removal of Board employees and the assignment and distribution of 
work among staff;
    (4) Convene and preside at all meetings of the Board and ensure 
that every vote and official act of the Board required by law to be 
recorded is accurately and promptly recorded by the General Counsel;
    (5) Act as the Board's spokesman on all matters where an official 
expression of the Board is required, or as otherwise directed by the 
    (6) Approve for publication all publicly issued documents, except:
    (i) Those authorized by an individual Board Member;
    (ii) Decisions or informal opinions of the Board; and
    (iii) The semi-annual report required to be published by the Board 
under 42 U.S.C. 2000ee(e).
    (7) Serve as the Board's Chief FOIA Officer under 5 U.S.C. 552(j).
    (8) Serves as the Board's Equal Employment Opportunity Director, as 
described in 29 CFR Part 1614.
    (9) Redelegate to one or more Board staff persons those 
responsibilities delegated to the Executive Director or General Counsel 
under this part, in the event that either position is unfilled.
    (10) Authorize any officer, employee, or administrative unit of the 
Board to perform a function vested in, delegated, or otherwise 
designated to the Chairman.
    (c) Executive Director. The Executive Director manages the staff 
and assists the Chairman with the day-to-day operation of the Board. 
The Executive Director is delegated authority to:
    (1) Formulate and implement plans and policies designed to assure 
the effective administration of the Board's operations and the 
efficient operations of the staff;
    (2) Serve as the Board's Senior Agency Official for Privacy;
    (3) Administer the Board's programs under the Freedom of 
Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, and the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 
552a.; and
    (4) Authorize any officer or employee of the Board to perform a 
function vested in, delegated, or otherwise designated to the Executive 
    (d) General Counsel. The General Counsel is the Board's chief legal 
officer, and serves as legal advisor to the Board. The General Counsel 
is delegated authority to:
    (1) Serve as the Board's Designated Ethics Official in accordance 
with 5 CFR 2638.202;
    (2) Certify Board votes consistent with Board policies and 
procedures; and
    (3) Authorize any officer or employee of the Board to perform a 
function vested in, delegated, or otherwise designated to the General 
    (e) Individual Board Members. Any member delegated authority vested 
in the Chairman under paragraph (a) of this section may redelegate that 
authority to one or more Board employees.
    (f) Exercise of authority. In carrying out any functions delegated 
under this part, members and staff are governed in the exercise of 
those functions by all applicable Federal statutes and regulations, and 
by the regulations, orders, and rules of the Board.

PARTS 1001-1099--[RESERVED]

    Dated: May 29, 2013.
Claire McKenna,
Legal Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2013-13166 Filed 6-4-13; 8:45 am]