- The Washington Times - Friday, January 10, 2014

President Obama will detail proposed changes to government surveillance programs in a speech next Friday, the White House confirmed.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Mr. Obama will outline “measures that create more transparency … in a way that gives the American people more confidence.”

Mr. Obama has been meeting with lawmakers and the intelligence community as he reviews recommendations from a panel he appointed last year.

The National Security Agency’s data collection programs have been at the center of a political firestorm since former government contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing widespread surveillance of Americans’ phone records, spying on foreign heads of state and other revelations.

Among the dozens of changes proposed by the task force is stripping the NSA’s authority to collect and store the phone-records database it maintains, and turning over control of that database to a third party or to the telephone companies that provide the information.