PIDB Submits Letter to Congress

On January 10, 2022, Ezra Cohen, Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) submitted letters on behalf of the Board to Congress, outlining its work in 2021. Recipients of the PIDB’s letter included: The four Congressional Leaders andThe Chair and Ranking Member of the following committees:Senate Select Committee on IntelligenceHouse Permanent Select Committee on … Continue reading PIDB Submits Letter to Congress

FY2022 NDAA Mandates Feasibility Study of Declassification Review for Marshall Islands Weapons Tests

President Joseph Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on December 27, 2021. Section 1685 of the NDAA includes a requirement that the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) conduct “a study on the feasibility of carrying out a declassification review relating to nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, or ballistic missile … Continue reading FY2022 NDAA Mandates Feasibility Study of Declassification Review for Marshall Islands Weapons Tests

JFK Assassination Records Release, December 15, 2021

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on December 15, 2021, released 1,491 documents from the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection and posted them online. These documents were previously released in redacted form. This release was required by President Biden’s October 22, 2021 memorandum to agencies on the public disclosure of records in … Continue reading JFK Assassination Records Release, December 15, 2021

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

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 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

PIDB Members Thank You for your Comments and Questions to the Virtual Public Meeting of May 18

Members of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) are grateful for the audience of over 4,000 viewers who attended the live virtual public meeting on May 18. The video of the event will remain publicly available in its entirety on the NARA YouTube Channel, where it has already reached over 48,000 viewers. The PIDB received … Continue reading PIDB Members Thank You for your Comments and Questions to the Virtual Public Meeting of May 18