PIDB Posts Agenda from Public Meeting Held on January 26, 2023, at the LBJ Library, Austin, Texas

On Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (CST), at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum (the LBJ Library) in Austin, Texas, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) held its first public meeting of 2023. As a guest of the PIDB, Evan Gottesman, counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), discussed … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Public Meeting Held on January 26, 2023, at the LBJ Library, Austin, Texas

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

Registration Open for PIDB Public Meeting and Co-sponsored Conference on “America’s Secrets: Classified Information and Our Democracy,” January 26-27, in Austin, Texas—Get Your Tickets Now!

On Thursday, January 26th, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) will host its first public meeting of 2023 in the 10th Floor Atrium of the LBJ Presidential Library. The PIDB will consider the critical need for modernization of the federal system for classification and declassification. PIDB members will discuss challenges that electronic government records pose for … Continue reading Registration Open for PIDB Public Meeting and Co-sponsored Conference on “America’s Secrets: Classified Information and Our Democracy,” January 26-27, in Austin, Texas—Get Your Tickets Now!

PIDB Co-sponsors Conference on “America’s Secrets: Classified Information and Our Democracy,” January 26-27, at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas – to Attend In Person, Register Now!

A conference on “America’s Secrets: Classified Information and Our Democracy,” to be held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library (LBJ Library), January 26-27, in Austin, Texas, is being co-sponsored by the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), the LBJ Library, the Strauss Center, the Clements Center, the Intelligence Studies Project, and the Texas LBJ School … Continue reading PIDB Co-sponsors Conference on “America’s Secrets: Classified Information and Our Democracy,” January 26-27, at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas – to Attend In Person, Register Now!

PIDB Sets In-Person Public Meeting for January 26, 4:00-5:30 p.m., at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas – Register Now!

On Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 4:00-5:30 p.m., the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) will conduct its first public meeting of 2023 at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas (the LBJ Library). At the meeting, PIDB members will discuss the critical need for modernization of the federal system for classification … Continue reading PIDB Sets In-Person Public Meeting for January 26, 4:00-5:30 p.m., at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas – Register Now!

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

Today, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) submitted a letter to President Biden supporting the public release of records on December 15, 2022, by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), as consistent with the PIDB’s previous letter to the President of September 27, 2021, which recommended that the President limit any further certifications for … Continue reading PIDB Submits Letter to President Biden in Support of Transparency Plans in Public Release of JFK Assassination Records

PIDB Plans In-Person Public Meeting and Conference, January 26-27, 2023, at the LBJ Library

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) plans to hold an in-person public meeting on January 26, 2023, at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum (LBJ Presidential Library) in Austin, Texas, at 4 p.m. CT. Following the in-person public meeting, Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence, will give a keynote address opening the public conference … Continue reading PIDB Plans In-Person Public Meeting and Conference, January 26-27, 2023, at the LBJ Library

NARA Releases More JFK Records, as President Biden Approves Few Delays

On December 15, 2022, pursuant to the latest White House memorandum on the disclosure of records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released 13,173 records previously withheld by the federal government. These newly disclosed records are available online in NARA’s JFK Assassination Records Collection, which … Continue reading NARA Releases More JFK Records, as President Biden Approves Few Delays

“Reforming the Classification System: Challenges, Approaches, and Priorities” – ABA and Federalist Society Co-Sponsor Event including PIDB Members at Hudson Institute, December 6 from 9:00-11:00 AM

On Tuesday, December 6, from 9:00-11:00 a.m., a discussion by Ezra Cohen and Alissa Starzak, chair and vice chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), will open an in-person event on “Reforming the Classification System: Challenges, Approaches, and Priorities,” hosted by the Hudson Institute at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Following the opening by Mr. … Continue reading “Reforming the Classification System: Challenges, Approaches, and Priorities” – ABA and Federalist Society Co-Sponsor Event including PIDB Members at Hudson Institute, December 6 from 9:00-11:00 AM

PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on November 16, 2022

On November 16, 2022, 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 Benjamin Powell, Carter Burwell, Paul Noel Chretien, John Tierney, Michael Lawrence, Trey Gowdy, and Laura DeBonis. PIDB members heard a briefing on blockchain, cognitive technologies, and … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on November 16, 2022