Interviews with the PIDB: Paul-Noel Chretien

After a career working at the Department of Justice and the CIA, Paul-Noel Chretien is currently a management analyst at Leidos. Mr. Chretien identifies two major challenges the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) faces: over-classification and insufficient resources in executive branch agencies for review and release programs.  He notes that there are few incentives for … Continue reading Interviews with the PIDB: Paul-Noel Chretien

Interviews with the PIDB: Ben Powell

Ben Powell is currently a partner at WilmerHale, and is the co-chair of the cybersecurity and privacy practice. Mr. Powell highlighted two challenges the government confronts in improving the declassification process: prioritization and resources. First, immediate national security issues often take priority over declassification issues. The government is dealing with geopolitical issues and national security … Continue reading Interviews with the PIDB: Ben Powell

Interviews with the PIDB: Michael Lawrence

Prior to his appointment to the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), Michael Lawrence held senior executive leadership positions in the Intelligence Community (IC) throughout his career of 20+ years. Mr. Lawrence would like to see the PIDB focus on three areas. First, he would like the PIDB to expand its focus to include a greater … Continue reading Interviews with the PIDB: Michael Lawrence