Open Government Groups Send Letter to President Biden

On Monday, February 22, 2021, a coalition of open-government organizations led by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, submitted a letter to President Biden requesting "Swift Presidential Leadership to Make Transparency a Top Priority for the Biden Administration." The organizations included several requests in their letter that … Continue reading Open Government Groups Send Letter to President Biden

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) held an executive session by video teleconference. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual meeting, which was attended by members John-Paul Chretien, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. Their discussion focused on strategic planning for their activities in 2021. … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference

Air Force and EPA Officials Discuss Need for Data Standards and the Benefits of Automating Classification

Speaking at an industry-sponsored WebEx on December 15, 2020, representatives of the United States Air Force (Air Force) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discussed the value and importance of data management in expanding the application of data for use within their organizations. They emphasized the importance of establishing a common governance framework and metadata … Continue reading Air Force and EPA Officials Discuss Need for Data Standards and the Benefits of Automating Classification

President Trump Appoints Ezra Cohen as Chair and Member of the Public Interest Declassification Board

On January 11, 2021, President Donald Trump appointed Ezra Cohen to a three-year term as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), including a two-year term as its Chair. The PIDB members and staff welcome Mr. Cohen and look forward to working with him in continuing efforts to modernize the classification and declassification … Continue reading President Trump Appoints Ezra Cohen as Chair and Member of the Public Interest Declassification Board

President Donald Trump Appoints Paul-Noel Chretien and Adam Telle to the PIDB

On December 30, 2020, President Donald Trump appointed Paul-Noel Chretien and Adam Telle to three-year terms as members of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB). The PIDB members and staff welcome Mr. Chretien and Mr. Telle and look forward to working with them in continuing efforts to modernize the classification and declassification system to meet … Continue reading President Donald Trump Appoints Paul-Noel Chretien and Adam Telle to the PIDB

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference

On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session. Acting Chair Alissa Starzak, and members Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, and Ben Powell attended the virtual meeting.  They discussed areas of interest and a proposed schedule for 2021, including hosting four public meetings. The members anticipate that all meetings, once … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference

Four Archivist and Records Management Organizations Embrace Calls for Improving Declassification by PIDB

Recommendations on Federal Archives and Records Management Issues, a report submitted last Tuesday (December 1, 2020) to President-Elect Joe Biden by four leading professional organizations of archivists and records managers records managers, cite the call for Government-wide declassification reform presented in the 2020 report to the President of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB). The … Continue reading Four Archivist and Records Management Organizations Embrace Calls for Improving Declassification by PIDB

Gen. Hyten Finds Over-classification of Space Information Undermines National Security, Promises Reform

Speaking at the Schriever Space Futures Forum on November 20, 2020, Gen. John Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint Staff, argued that the over-classification of space information by the Department of Defense (DOD) delays the appropriate information sharing required to partner with U.S. allies and industry, and to deter adversaries in space. At the recent … Continue reading Gen. Hyten Finds Over-classification of Space Information Undermines National Security, Promises Reform

President Donald Trump Appoints Michael G. Lawrence and Benjamin A. Powell to the PIDB

On October 9, 2020, President Donald Trump appointed Michael G. Lawrence and Benjamin A. Powell to three-year terms as members of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB). The PIDB members and staff welcome Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Powell, and look forward to working with them in continuing efforts to modernize the classification and declassification system … Continue reading President Donald Trump Appoints Michael G. Lawrence and Benjamin A. Powell to the PIDB

PIDB Virtual Public Meeting Video Now on NARA’s YouTube Channel

A video of the Virtual Public Meeting held on October 7, 2020, by the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), is now available on the National Archives and Records Administration’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeeuyLn4kXA&feature=youtu.be. The video features participation by the Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, and a discussion between Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and … Continue reading PIDB Virtual Public Meeting Video Now on NARA’s YouTube Channel