SSCI Members Embrace Need for Declassification Reform, Discuss PIDB Recommendations at Senate Hearing

The Board would like to thank Acting Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL), Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA), and members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) for their invitation to testify yesterday (September 9, 2020) at the open hearing on “Declassification Policy and Prospects for Reform.”    At the hearing, PIDB Member John Tierney responded … Continue reading SSCI Members Embrace Need for Declassification Reform, Discuss PIDB Recommendations at Senate Hearing

PIDB Member John Tierney to Support Modernizing Classification and Declassification before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., Live on C-SPAN

PIDB member John Tierney will testify at an open hearing on declassification policy and the prospects for reform, to be held by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9, 2020, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST. The hearing will be shown on the SSCI’s website, and televised live on C-SPAN.  Senator Ron Wyden … Continue reading PIDB Member John Tierney to Support Modernizing Classification and Declassification before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., Live on C-SPAN

PIDB Sets Next Virtual Public Meeting for October 7, 2020

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) has scheduled its next virtual public meeting for Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  At the meeting, PIDB members will discuss their priorities for improving classification and declassification in the next 18 months. They will also introduce former Congressman Trey Gowdy, who was appointed on August … Continue reading PIDB Sets Next Virtual Public Meeting for October 7, 2020

Former Congressman Trey Gowdy Appointed to the PIDB

On August 24, 2020, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) appointed former Congressman Harold W. “Trey” Gowdy, III as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board. Mr. Gowdy served four terms in Congress, representing his hometown of Spartansburg in South Carolina’s 4th congressional district. The Board members and staff welcome Mr. Gowdy and look … Continue reading Former Congressman Trey Gowdy Appointed to the PIDB

Confirmation Testimony of New U.S. Space Force Commander Reiterates Concerns about Over-classification in Space, Calls for Review

On his way to becoming the new Commander of the U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM), Lt. Gen. James Dickinson discussed the problem of over-classification in space operations at his confirmation hearing on July 28, 2020, before the Senate Armed Services Committee. In his testimony, Lt. Gen. Dickinson called for “a review of classification for collection data … Continue reading Confirmation Testimony of New U.S. Space Force Commander Reiterates Concerns about Over-classification in Space, Calls for Review

ODNI, NGA Officials Tout Modernization During the Current Pandemic

At an industry-sponsored webinar on Wednesday, August 12, officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the National Geospatial Agency (NGA) discussed how during the current COVID-19 pandemic their agencies: “innovate and deploy new technologies and methodologies to drive digital transformation for efficiency and cost savings.” La’Naia Jones, acting Chief Information … Continue reading ODNI, NGA Officials Tout Modernization During the Current Pandemic

What We Heard at the Virtual Public Meeting

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) held its first virtual meeting last month. The members used this occasion to publicly release their 2020 Report to the President, A Vision for the Digital Age: Modernization of the U.S. National Security Classification and Declassification System. They invited comments and discussion of their recommendations. During the meeting Steven … Continue reading What We Heard at the Virtual Public Meeting

PIDB Posts Transcript of Virtual Public Meeting, Responds to Public Questions

The agenda and transcript of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) Virtual Public Meeting held on June 5, 2020, is now available online here: PIDB Meetings – 2020.  The teleconference began an important discussion about the PIDB’s 2020 Report to the President, A Vision for the Digital Age: Modernization of the U.S. National Security Classification … Continue reading PIDB Posts Transcript of Virtual Public Meeting, Responds to Public Questions

House Speaker Appoints John Tierney to New Three-year PIDB Term

On July 1, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed John F. Tierney to a new three-year term on the Public Interest Declassification Board (Board). He previously was appointed by Minority Leader of the House of representatives, Nancy Pelosi on July 11, 2017, for a three-year term that was extended to June 29, 2021, in the … Continue reading House Speaker Appoints John Tierney to New Three-year PIDB Term

Board Members Invite PIDB Virtual Meeting Participants to Complete Survey Through July 5, 2020

The Public Interest Declassification Board is grateful for everyone who participated on Friday, June 5, 2020, in the Virtual Public Meeting. Among other topics, the teleconference began important discussion about the Board’s 2020 Report to the President, A Vision for the Digital Age: Modernization of the U.S. National Security Classification and Declassification System. Although in-person … Continue reading Board Members Invite PIDB Virtual Meeting Participants to Complete Survey Through July 5, 2020