PIDB Responds to Questions Received at the Virtual Public Meeting on March 30, 2022

Today, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) posts responses to questions received by at the virtual public meeting on Thursday, March 30. To see the video of that meeting, please visit NARA’s YouTube Channel, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W4EFWTMx2w. Thank you for your questions and comments. The PIDB looks forward to continuing the public discussion of important issues … Continue reading PIDB Responds to Questions Received at the Virtual Public Meeting on March 30, 2022

The PIDB Responds to the Director of National Intelligence’s Concerns about Over-Classification and the Need to Modernize the U.S. Classification and Declassification System

Last week, the Wall Street Journal and several other news outlets published stories on the Director of National Intelligence’s concerns about over-classification. The members of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) agree with Director Avril Haines’s remarks about the national security harm caused by over-classification and the need to modernize the classification and declassification system. … Continue reading The PIDB Responds to the Director of National Intelligence’s Concerns about Over-Classification and the Need to Modernize the U.S. Classification and Declassification System

New DOD Position Realigns AI and Data Management — Can Support Improved Classification and Declassification

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) has noted that the executive branch has been developing and implementing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies for a variety of use cases at an accelerated rate. However, federal agencies too often develop these innovations without internal or interagency coordination. Recommendations of the PIDB have long emphasized … Continue reading New DOD Position Realigns AI and Data Management — Can Support Improved Classification and Declassification

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