Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)

Post-Joint Experts Meeting Activity

On August 15, 2001, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released Order DA 01-1902, which grants an extension under Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) Section 107(c) to the 1,000+ wireline carriers that have petitioned the FCC for more time to comply with the capability requirements of CALEA Section 103. Additionally, the Second Edition of the "CALEA Flexible Deployment Assistance Guide" has been released to further assist telecommunications carriers in meeting certain CALEA requirements (i.e., cost recovery and petitioning for compliance date extension) with regard to packet-mode communications. For more information, go to the FBI CALEA Implementation Section Web site at

CALEA Flexible Deployment Assistance Guide (843KB PDF; 20 pages; 8/22/01)

Order DA 01-1902 (99KB PDF; 26 pages; 8/15/01)

TIA has prepared and submitted the "TIA Report Concerning CALEA and Packet-Data Technologies" to the FCC by September 29, 2000. Note that the TIA Report is based upon, but is not the same as, the CALEA Joint Experts Meeting (JEM) Steering Committee Report.

TIA Report to FCC Concerning CALEA and Packet-Data Technologies. (236KB PDF; 89 pages; 9/29/00) ; Cover Letter (26KB PDF; 5 pages; 9/29/00)

TIA Press Release (September 29, 2000)

In its Third Report and Order on Implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act ("CALEA"), released August 31, 1999, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") invited TIA to report on "steps that can be taken. . . that will better address privacy concerns" raised by lawfully authorized surveillance of packet-mode communications. Under TIA's auspices and under Committee TR-45, a Steering Committee was appointed and a JEM convened to prepare a report to assist TIA in responding to the FCC's request. On August 30, the TIA CALEA JEM Steering Committee finalized the JEM Final Report in a manner consistent with JEM agreements and forwarded it to TIA.

CALEA Packet Surveillance JEM Final Report (251 KB PDF; 90 pages; 8/30/00)


CALEA is air-interface independent and, in regard to voice communications, should apply to analog, TDMA, CDMA and evolutions of these technologies. There is continuing activity with regard to packet data technology and requirements for CALEA because of complexities due to the different packet data technologies (cdma2000®, GPRS, Internet, etc.), the structure of how information/data is carried, etc. The TIA JEM Report identified the feasibility of providing data to law enforcement for the differing packet technologies. At this time, the industry is waiting for FCC comment and/or action regarding the TIA Report and as to how packet data requirements and standardization should move forward.

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Active Joint LEAS Standards

These documents define the interfaces between a telecommunications service provider (TSP) and a law enforcement agency (LEA) to assist the LEA in conducting lawfully authorized electronic surveillance.

J-STD-025 (ANSI/TIA/EIA-J-STD-2000) Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance (Published: Dec, 2000) [NEW]

J-STD-025-1 Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance, Addendum 1 (Published: Jul 01, 2000) [NEW]

J-STD-025-2 Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance, Addendum 2 (Published: Jul 01, 2000)

J-STD-025-A Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance (Published: May 01, 2000)

J-STD-025 Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance (Published: Dec 01, 1997)


FCC Third R&O (FCC 3rd R&O was remanded on April 5, 2002)


In this Third Report and Order (Third R&O), the Commission adopts technical requirements for wireline, cellular, and broadband Personal Communications Services (PCS) carriers to comply with the assistance capability requirements prescribed by the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (CALEA, or the Act).1 Specifically, [the Commission] require[s] that all capabilities of J-STD-025 (interim standard) and six of nine "punch list" capabilities requested by the Department of Justice (DoJ)/Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) be implemented by wireline, cellular, and broadband PCS carriers.


TIA CALEA Policy Section

Surveillance Technology


February 27, 2000  TIA Convenes Technical Fact-Finding Group For Packet-Mode Communications And Electronic Surveillance Requirements

October 2000 TIA's CALEA Report Raises Privacy Questions

July 18, 2000  TIA Offers Background on FBI's Carnivore Demonstration

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