Joint Statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice on the Declassification of Renewal of Collection Under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

On February 27, 2015, the Director of National Intelligence declassified and disclosed publicly that the U.S. government had filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that the FISC renewed that authority.

The FISC’s February 26, 2015, Primary Order renewing the collection expires on June 1, 2015.  The DNI also announced that the Administration was undertaking a declassification review of the February 26, 2015, Primary Order. Following this review by the Executive Branch, the ODNI has released in redacted form the February 26, 2015, Primary Order, signed by Judge James E. Boasberg.

This order is now publicly available at the ODNI website,, and the ODNI’s public website dedicated to fostering greater public visibility into the intelligence activities of the Government,