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

PIDB responds to Questions about the JFK Assassination Records

The virtual public meeting hosted on May 18 by the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) received the following questions regarding delays in public access to certain records that are part of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). We have listed those questions and comments below, … Continue reading PIDB responds to Questions about the JFK Assassination Records

The PIDB Responds to More Questions Received at the Virtual Public Meeting of May 18, 2021

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) offers the following responses to questions received from the public, which it did not have time to answer during the Virtual Public Meeting last week, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021: 1.) Question: Can you please tell me how I can get records to the May 18 meeting on 9/11? … Continue reading The PIDB Responds to More Questions Received at the Virtual Public Meeting of May 18, 2021

Thank You for Taking Part in Our Public Meeting!

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) would like to thank you, the public, for joining our virtual meeting yesterday, Tuesday May 18, 2021. This was our third virtual public meeting, and the first public meeting of 2021. On NARA’s YouTube Channel nearly 3800 people initially viewed the live-stream event, and over 1000 people pre-registered to … Continue reading Thank You for Taking Part in Our Public Meeting!

The PIDB and Sunshine Week: Opportunities to Promote Secrecy Reform and Greater Transparency

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) normally celebrates Sunshine Week by hosting a public meeting. While the pandemic may have disrupted plans to host a public meeting at the National Archives, our members are using this time to advocate for increasing open and transparent government policies. Sunshine Week offers an opportunity for the new Presidential … Continue reading The PIDB and Sunshine Week: Opportunities to Promote Secrecy Reform and Greater Transparency