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Director's Report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts' Activities

This report contains statistics reported by the  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) on the number of applications or certifications submitted to the court and whether those submissions were granted, modified, or denied. It also includes information relating to amicus curiae appointments by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts.  

On June 2, 2015, Congress enacted the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (Pub. L. No. 114-23).  One of the provisions of this Act, codified at 50 U.S.C. § 1873 (a) (2), which requires the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) to publish the report on the AO’s internet website. 

The report is required to contain the following information (all section numbers refer to Title 50 of the U.S. Code):  

  1. the number of applications or certifications for orders submitted under each of sections 1805, 1824, 1842, 1861, 1881a, 1881b, and 1881c;
  2. the number of such orders granted under each of those sections;
  3. the number of orders modified under each of those sections;
  4. the number of applications or certifications denied under each of those sections;
  5. the number of appointments of an individual to serve as amicus curiae under section 1803, including the name of each individual appointed to serve as amicus curiae; and
  6. the number of findings issued under section 1803(i) that such appointment is not appropriate.

Report

Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on activities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts for 2016 (pdf)

Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on activities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts for 2015 (pdf)