PIDB Responses to Questions Received at the Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, 2021

Today we begin posting responses to questions received by the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) regarding the virtual public meeting that streamed live on NARA’s YouTube Channel last Tuesday, May 18. The first set posted below contains questions received during and prior to the meeting, which the PIDB members and guest speakers Phil Zelikow and … Continue reading PIDB Responses to Questions Received at the Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, 2021

Come to the PIDB Virtual Public Meeting tomorrow, 1:00-2:30 p.m.!

It is not too late for you to register to attend the Public Interest Declassification Board (PDIB)’s first public meeting of the year, which convenes virtually tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Please register by clicking here before registration closes at Midnight tonight (May 17) After registering you will receive an email containing a … Continue reading Come to the PIDB Virtual Public Meeting tomorrow, 1:00-2:30 p.m.!

Register Now! Jamie Gorelick and Philip Zelikow Set to Speak at the PIDB’s Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Registration is now open for the Public Interest Declassification Board’s (PIDB) Virtual Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 18, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. To participate in the WebEx event, please register before Midnight, May 17, by completing the form at this link: https://ems8.intellor.com/?do=register&t=1&p=838480. After registering, you will receive an email containing a personalized link for access to … Continue reading Register Now! Jamie Gorelick and Philip Zelikow Set to Speak at the PIDB’s Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

PIDB to Host Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, 2021

The Public Interest Declassification Board will host a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. The meeting will include an update on their June 2020 Report to the President, A Vision for the Digital Age: Modernization of the U.S. National Security Classification and Declassification System; discussions of records related … Continue reading PIDB to Host Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, 2021

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on April 13, 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session by video teleconference. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual meeting, which was attended by members Paul-Noel Chretien, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. Stephannie Oriabure, Director of the Archival Operations Division, Legislative Archives, Presidential … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on April 13, 2021

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on March 18, 2021

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session by video teleconference on Thursday, March 18, 2021. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual meeting, which was attended by members Paul Noel Chretien, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. At the session, archivists from the Center for Legislative Archives … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on March 18, 2021

Space Operations Chief Decries Over-classification and its Effect on Operations

Speaking last week (March 3, 2021) at a virtual event hosted by the National Press Club, the U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond reiterated complaints about the over-classification of space information previously voiced by several U.S. Space Force and military officials. Gen. Raymond particularly stressed the importance of reducing over-classification to … Continue reading Space Operations Chief Decries Over-classification and its Effect on Operations

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