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NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY


CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE MARYLAND 20755-6000

I May 2018

MEMORANDUM FOR THE CHAIRMAN, INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT BOARD

·rt-lllOUGl-1: Office of the DoD Senior Intclligcncc Oversight Official

SUBJEc·r: (U) llcport to the Intelligence Oversight 13oard on NS;\ Activities, First Quarter,
Calendar Year 2018-INFORMATION MEMORANDUM

(lJ//1'0LJ()5 Except as previously reported to you or the President or other\vise stated in


the enclosure, v,re have no reason to believe that any activity conducted under Dll<NSA
authority, direction. or control during the period ending 31 March 2018 \Vas unlawful or contrary
to Executive Order or Presidential Directive and, thus, ~hould have been reported pursuant to
Section l .6(c) of 1-:xccuti vc Order 12333, as amended. ·rhis report sun11narizes questionable
intelligence activities as vvcll as other matters required to be reported to the JOB.

(U//rOUO) ·rhc Inspector General and the General Counsel continue to exercise
oversight of Agency activities by inspections, surveys, training. revie\V of directives and
guidelines, and advice of counsel.

ROBERT P. STORCH
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(U) I concur with the report of the Inspector General and the General Counsel and hereby
make it our co1nbined report.

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(1) (U) I11cident Description: Provider-caused compliance incident regarding call detail

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Date repo;ted to DoD S!OO: l May 2018

(3) (U//1'9110) Reason for R£port: 50 U.S.C. 41"86l(b)(2)(C)(ii) limits data that ca1(lie
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terroris1n or activities in preparati'on therefor, or an ag·e.nt of a foreign po\ver engaged in : •
international terrorisn1 or acti'-'ities i11 preparation tl\~refor." While NSA lawfully sought data=
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(5) (U/ffOHG+-Impact on National Security or International Relations: None.

(6) (U//FOUO) Impact on Civil Liberties or Privacy: The NSA CLPT Office will
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16 February 2018. DoJ reported the incident to the FISC on 5 March 2018. NSA notified the
congressional intelligence con1n1ittees on IO April 2018.

(9) (U) Status: Open.


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NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY


CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE MARYLAND 20755·6000

29 July 2015

MEMORANDUM FOR THE CHAIRMAN, INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT BOARD

'fHROUGH: Office of the DoO Senior Intelligence Oversight Official

SUBJEc·r: (U) Report to the Intelligence Oversight Board on NSA Activities-


INFORMATlON MEMORANDUM

(U//l'OUO) Except as previously reported to you or the President or other\vise stated in


the enclosure, \Ve have no reason to believe that intelligence activities of the National Security
Agency during the quarter ending 30 June 2015 were unlawful or contrary to Executive Order or
Presidential Directive and. thus, should have been reported pursuant to Section I .6(c) of
Executive Order 12333, as amended.

(U//.FCUO) The Inspector General and the General Counsel continue to exercise
oversight of Agency activities by inspections, surveys, training, reviev,1 of directives and
guidelines, and advice of counsel.

Acting General Counsel

(U) I concur with the report of the Inspector General and the General Counsel and hereby
n1ake it our con1bined report

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(U) REPORT TO THE INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT BOARD ON NSA ACTIVITIES


SECOND QUARTER CY2015

(U) Pursuant to Executive Order 12333 (E.0. 12333), as a1nended, National Security
Directive 42, and other legal and policy directives, the National Security Agency (NSA)
conducts signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance (IA) activities on behalf of the
U.S. govern1nent. These activities n1ight result in the acquisition of non-public information of or
concerning U.S. persons (USPs). NSA perso1u1el are required to follow procedures designed to
protect USP privacy, consistent witl1 the Fourth Amend1nent to the U.S. Constitution and other
laws. NSA personnel n111st also comply with requiren1ents of Presidential Policy Directive 28
(PPD-28) concerning protection of personal inforn1ation of all individuals, regardless of
nationality.

(U) NSA has established controls to provide reasonable assurance that its personnel
co1nply with procedures for handling USP inforn1ation, such as minin1ization procedures adopted
by the Attorney General (AG) and approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
(FISC) to govern USP infor1nation acquired during SIGINT activities conducted pursuant to the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978, as a1nended.

(U) This report sum111arizes incidents of non-compliance with AG-approved procedures,


as well as other n1atters required to be reported to the I11telligence Oversight Board, identified
during the second quarter of calendar year (CY) 2015.

(U) The nlatters reported herein are based on the infom1ation available at the ti1ne of this
report and are not believed to be cases of willful 1nisuse.

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VI. !Ul Other Matters

• (U/WOUO) On three occasions, NSA notified congressional intelligence co1n1nittees


of the disco11tinuation of bulk telepl1one 1netadata collectio11 pursuant to the business
records provision of FISA, co1n1nonly referred to as "§215," and the implementation
of the USA Freedom Act (USAF A). On 29 May 2015, NSA reported the timeline of
steps to discontinue collection of bulk telephony metadata under title V ofFISA, as
amended by §215 of the USA Patriot Act. NSA shut down the bulk telephony
metadata progran1 on 31 May 2015 in connection \Vith the sunset of §215 of the USA
Patriot Act. On 2 Jt1ne 2015, i1nn1ediately after the USAF A, \vhich reauthorized a
modified version of §215, was enacted into law, the government filed an application
to re-initiate the acquisition of the telephone 1netadata consistent with the USAF A's
180-day transition provision. On 4 June 2015, NSA reported that it had begun to
in1plen1ent the recently enacted USAF A. TJ1e FISC approved the application on
29 June 2015.J I NSA reported that it had re-initiated the collection of
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bulk telephonli: 1netadata.

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NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY


CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MARYLAND 20756-eOOO

8 February 2019
MEMORANDUM FOR THE CHAIRMAN, INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT BOARD

THROUGH: Office of the DoD Senior Intelligence Oversight Official

SUBJECT: (U) Report to the Intelligence Oversight Board (JOB) on NSA Activities, Fourth
Quarter, Calendar Year 2018-INFORMATION MEMORANDUM

(U/1CfOUO) Except as previously reported to you or the President or otherwise stated in


the enclosure, we have no reason to believe that any activity conducted under DIRNSA
authority, direction, or control during the period ending 31 December 2018 was unlawful or
contrary to Executive Order or Presidential Directive and, thus, should have been reported
pursuant to Section 1.6 (c) of Executive Order 12333, as amended. This report summarizes
questionable intelligence activities as well as other matters required to be reported to the IOB.

(U) The NSA Intelligence Oversight Officer and the General Counsel continue to
exercise oversight of Agency activities focused on achieving compliance with the laws and
regulations for protecting privacy during the conduct of Agency operations.

I PA IRICK J. ill<£:ottos
Director of Compliance
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General Counsel

(U) I concur with the report of the NSA Intelligence Oversight Officer and the General
Counsel and hereby make it our combined report.

~~General, U.S. Anny


Director, NSA/Chief, CSS

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129 b. File Number: NSA 2018-024-Q

130 (1) (Si'IN"F) Incident Description: Provider misprovision of call detail records (CD Rs)
131 produced pursuant to Title V of FISA, as amended by the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA).

132 {TSllSl/;Hf) Pursuant to UFA, the FISC has authorized the targeted production to NSA
133 ofCDRs pertaining to certain specific selection terms, and issued Secondary Orders to certain
134 providers to compel the production of those CDRs. On or about October 12, 2018, NSA

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140 rovider inv s.tiga.te the anomaly. The.Pfbvider lrat:;:e::.r.:;co"n:::fi:::rm="e"d'-'th=•:i...-------...---;u
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144 starting on or about October 3, 2018.

145 (2) (U) Timeline: Date(s) of incident: October 3-12, 2018


146 Date ofincidenti'eported in IRT: October 12, 2018
147 Date reported.lo DoD 8100: February I, 2019

148 (3) (SffNI') Reason for Report" Production by the provider of erroneous CDRs that
149 were not authorized by the FISC's or~rs .

150 (4) fSl/l'W) Cause:! I
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152 (5) (U) Impact on National Security or International Relations: None.

153 (6) (U) Impact on Civil Liberties or Privacy: CLPT will reassess the scope of the
154 civil liberties and privacy impact of this incident upon completion of the investigation. CLPT's
155 initial assessment is that the impact was limited given the quick identification, purge processes,
156 and lack of reporting.

157 (7) ff!lil'!lllll'W) Remedial Action: Onl [NSA suspended the data
158 flow from the provider until it could validate that the issue had been.resolved. The provider
159 informed NSA onl !that it implemented a solution that corrects the error, and
160 NSA worked with the provider to vefify the solution. od · INSA reinitiated the
161 data flow from the provider. NSA is contifiUing ~~review the prod~ction ofCDRs.

162 (8) (U) Additional Information: None. (b) (3)-P.L. 86-36 INon Responsive I

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NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
CENTRAL SECURITY SERVICE
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MARYLAND 20755-6000

7 August 2018

MEMORANDUM FOR THE CHAIRMAN. INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT BOARD


THROUGH: Office of the DoD Senior Intelligence Oversight Official

SUBJEC'r: (U) lleport to the Intelligence Oversight Board (JOB) on NSA Activities, Second
Quarter, Calendar Year 2018 - INFORMATION MEMORANDUM

(U/1'FOUO) Except as previously reported to you or the President or other\vise stated in


the enclosure, we have no reason to believe that any activity conducted under DIIlNSA
authority, direction, or control during the period ending 30 June 2018 \\'as unla\vful or contrary
to Executive Order or Presidential Directive and. thus, should have been reported pursuant to
Section 1.6 (c) of Executive Order 12333, as a1nended. ·rhis report sun1111arizes questionable
intelligence activities as well as other matters required to be reported to the JOB.

(U//['OUO) ·rite NSA Intelligence Oversight Officer and the General Counsel continue
to exercise oversight of Agency activities focused on achieving con1pliance \Vith the laws and
regulations for protecting privacy during the conduct of Agency operations.

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(U) I concur with the report of the NSA Intelligence Oversight Officer and the General
Counsel and hereby n1ake it our con1bined report.

~fr~ General. U.S. An11y


Director. NSAIChief. CSS

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282 records (CDRs) pursuant to USA FREEDOM ACT. 50 U.S.C. Section 1~151 informed NSA that
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30 I : ; for\varding CD Rs produce4 by the provider to N&A 'corporate repositories accessible by
302 ·"' intelligence analysts. ·1·he provider later confirnied some of the records produced contained
303 :; inaccurate inlOrmati<?n~ Ini.restigation revealt:d that NSA relied upon so1nc of the inaccurate
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329 engaged in international terrorism or activities fl\ preparation.therefor." While NS : awfully
330 sought data pertaining to a foreign P,Dl".er erig~gecf iq ~nJ:erh~tional terrorism.,__ _~-~
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335 technieal analysts' 9bsefvationS' of anomalies in certain CD Rs that led them to investigate further
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342 (7) (TSHSINNF) Rcmfdial Action: On 23 May 2018. NSA began deletln •all call detail
343 records (CD Its) acquiredf Iunder ·ritle V of the FISA. Becaus 1ave
344 infor1ned NSA that the issue has been ren1cdiated. NSA believes that CD Rs e 1verc alter
345 23 May 2018 \Vil! not contain these errors. NSA has revie\ved all intelligence reports based on
346 USA FREEDOtvl Act CDR data and has recalled and reissued one report to correct erroneous
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350 committees of this incident on 10 April 2018. DoJ notified the FISC about the details of this
351 matter as they became available on 22 November 2017, 5 March 2018, 11 April 2018, and
352 4 June 2018. This matter has also been reported to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight
353 Board (PCLOB). NSA also reported this matter publicly.

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