Come to the PIDB Virtual Public Meeting tomorrow, 1:00-2:30 p.m.!

It is not too late for you to register to attend the Public Interest Declassification Board (PDIB)’s first public meeting of the year, which convenes virtually tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Please register by clicking here before registration closes at Midnight tonight (May 17) After registering you will receive an email containing a … Continue reading Come to the PIDB Virtual Public Meeting tomorrow, 1:00-2:30 p.m.!

PIDB Receives Letter Regarding the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection

On April 26, 2021 the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) received a letter (click below to open letter) signed by several researchers and members of the public interested in the declassification and public release of records previously ‘postponed’ in 2017 and 2018. President Donald J. Trump previously certified agency postponement requests in accordance with the … Continue reading PIDB Receives Letter Regarding the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection

Register Now! Jamie Gorelick and Philip Zelikow Set to Speak at the PIDB’s Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Registration is now open for the Public Interest Declassification Board’s (PIDB) Virtual Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 18, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. To participate in the WebEx event, please register before Midnight, May 17, by completing the form at this link: https://ems8.intellor.com/?do=register&t=1&p=838480. After registering, you will receive an email containing a personalized link for access to … Continue reading Register Now! Jamie Gorelick and Philip Zelikow Set to Speak at the PIDB’s Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

PIDB to Host Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, 2021

The Public Interest Declassification Board will host a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. The meeting will include an update on their June 2020 Report to the President, A Vision for the Digital Age: Modernization of the U.S. National Security Classification and Declassification System; discussions of records related … Continue reading PIDB to Host Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, 2021

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on April 13, 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, 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 members Paul-Noel Chretien, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. Stephannie Oriabure, Director of the Archival Operations Division, Legislative Archives, Presidential … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on April 13, 2021

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on March 18, 2021

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session by video teleconference on Thursday, March 18, 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 session, archivists from the Center for Legislative Archives … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on March 18, 2021

The PIDB and Sunshine Week: Opportunities to Promote Secrecy Reform and Greater Transparency

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) normally celebrates Sunshine Week by hosting a public meeting. While the pandemic may have disrupted plans to host a public meeting at the National Archives, our members are using this time to advocate for increasing open and transparent government policies. Sunshine Week offers an opportunity for the new Presidential … Continue reading The PIDB and Sunshine Week: Opportunities to Promote Secrecy Reform and Greater Transparency

Space Operations Chief Decries Over-classification and its Effect on Operations

Speaking last week (March 3, 2021) at a virtual event hosted by the National Press Club, the U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond reiterated complaints about the over-classification of space information previously voiced by several U.S. Space Force and military officials. Gen. Raymond particularly stressed the importance of reducing over-classification to … Continue reading Space Operations Chief Decries Over-classification and its Effect on Operations

FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting Focuses on the Use of Technology in FOIA Processing; Access to Congressional Records and Reports

Yesterday (3/3/2021), the quarterly meeting of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee focused on the question of whether the FOIA should apply to Legislative and Judicial branch records. The committee heard briefings from public interest groups on this issue, as well as general reports from subcommittees about their priorities. The Technology Subcommittee continues … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting Focuses on the Use of Technology in FOIA Processing; Access to Congressional Records and Reports

Historical Advisory Committee Reports Progress from DOD and State Initiatives

The State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee (HAC) met virtually on March 1st to review progress on the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) publication series. The Department of Defense (DOD) provided a briefing on its declassification review support to the FRUS program, while the Department of State provided a briefing on his automatic declassification … Continue reading Historical Advisory Committee Reports Progress from DOD and State Initiatives