Wald, the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and soon to be Medal of Honor recipient, has served on the recently-revived Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for more than a year. Wald's confirmation to the board is not controversial; she was approved in committee today with a voice vote and now awaits a vote in the full Senate.
Still, the board has moved into the national spotlight amid growing public concern about the scope of the National Security Agency's domestic telephone and internet surveillance programs. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) noted in written remarks before today’s vote that he has concerns about the NSA surveillance review panel the Obama administration recently established.