PIDB Posts Agendas from Meetings at NGA and ODNI

On November 3, 2021, PIDB members attended classified briefings presented by officials at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and on November 4, 2021, at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the meetings, which were attended at the NGA by PIDB Vice Chair Alissa Starzak, Paul-Noel Chretien, … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agendas from Meetings at NGA and ODNI

President Biden Issues Memorandum on the Public Release of Withheld JFK Assassination Records, Sets New Disclosure Deadline

On October 22, 2021, President Biden issued a memorandum that sets new deadlines for the public disclosure of about 14,000 records that remain classified in the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection (JFK Records) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Originally scheduled for release on October 25, 2017, then-President Trump certified agency requests … Continue reading President Biden Issues Memorandum on the Public Release of Withheld JFK Assassination Records, Sets New Disclosure Deadline

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on October 26, 2021

On October 26, 2021, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session by video teleconference. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual meeting, which was attended by PIDB members Alissa Starzak, Paul-Noel Chretien, Ben Powell, and John Tierney. At the meeting, the PIDB members received an update on NARA’s reopening status, planned for … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on October 26, 2021

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on September 23, 2021

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session by video teleconference on Tuesday, September 23, 2021. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual meeting, which was attended by members Paul Noel Chretien, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. At the meeting, the PIDB members received a briefing on … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on September 23, 2021

Press Coverage of PIDB Efforts to Reduce Over-Classification, Increase Government Transparency

Two news reports published last week highlighted last year’s recommendations as well as ongoing activities of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) to promote the modernization of classification and declassification systems. Both reports cited the PIDB’s continuing advocacy for new policies and processes to reduce over-classification. (The PIDB’s 2020 Report to the President recommended policies … Continue reading Press Coverage of PIDB Efforts to Reduce Over-Classification, Increase Government Transparency

PIDB Submits Letter to President Biden Supporting Transparency in Public Release of JFK Assassination Records

On September 27, 2021, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) submitted a letter to President Biden unanimously encouraging the maximum public release of records under the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act (JFK Act). Passed in 1992, the JFK Act required all federal agencies and offices to identify, organize, and transfer copies of all … Continue reading PIDB Submits Letter to President Biden Supporting Transparency in Public Release of JFK Assassination Records

FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act Recognizes the Need for a New Classification Policy for Space Information to Reduce Over-Classification

The Armed Services Committee in the House of Representatives included a provision in the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that directs the Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force to oversee a classification review of space information with the intent of either declassifying or reducing the classification levels of space … Continue reading FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act Recognizes the Need for a New Classification Policy for Space Information to Reduce Over-Classification

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on August 25

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session by video teleconference on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual meeting, which was attended by members Paul Noel Chretien, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. The PIDB members discussed the status and procedures for handling … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on August 25

PIDB Comments on the National Archives Draft Strategic Plan

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) was established to promote “the fullest possible access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant ... national security decisions and … activities.” This mandate reflects an underlying premise of representative democracy: citizens’ access to information about Government is essential to their informed decisions and their ability … Continue reading PIDB Comments on the National Archives Draft Strategic Plan

PIDB Recommends the Prioritized Declassification of 9/11 Records

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) promotes the fullest possible public access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant U.S. national security decisions and activities. The PIDB reviews and makes recommendations to the President for the identification, collection, and review for declassification of information of extraordinary public interest.   In anticipation of the … Continue reading PIDB Recommends the Prioritized Declassification of 9/11 Records