Editorial Board of The Washington Post Cites PIDB’s 2020 Report and PIDB Blogs in Support of Secrecy Reform to Reduce Over-classification

On January 15, 2023, an editorial by the Editorial Board of The Washington Post highlighted the urgent need for the federal government to reduce “over-classification,” as the increasing “tsunami” of electronic information that stems from current government operations overwhelms the existing system of classification management and declassification. In the editorial, The Washington Post Editorial Board cited the 2020 Report to the President of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), and three PIDB blogs from Transforming Classification, including: an interview with PIDB member Paul-Noel Chretien; a PIDB blog reporting about the conference on “Reforming the Classification System” that was co-sponsored by the PIDB at the Hudson Institute on December 6, 2022; and a PIDB blog commenting on the generational backlog of records awaiting review at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in response to public requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act. Read The Washington Post editorial citing the PIDB here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/01/16/biden-trump-document-scandals-over-classified/.

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