The Office of the National Director of Intelligence announced the government’s application to renew the bulk collection of telephone metadata was approved yesterday by the FISC. The order issued Friday expires on September 12, 2014. The government sought the 90-day reauthorization of the existing program, as modified by the changes the President announced earlier this year, because legislation has not yet been implemented to modify the existing program. In May, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act, which would, if enacted, create a new mechanism for the government to obtain this telephony metadata pursuant to individual orders from the FISC, rather than in bulk. The bill also prohibits bulk collection through the use of Section 215, FISA pen registers and trap and trace devices, and National Security Letters.