PIDB Posts Agenda for In-Person Executive Session Held on April 20, 2022

On April 20, 2022, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session at the National Archives and Records Administration's Archives 1, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. The day-long session was led by PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen, and included briefings on the Marshall Islands Declassification Feasibility Study required under the FY 2022 National … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda for In-Person Executive Session Held on April 20, 2022

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

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

The virtual public meeting held on March 30, 2022, by the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), remains available on the YouTube channel of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W4EFWTMx2w. The agenda for the meeting is available on the PIDB Meetings webpage: https://www.archives.gov/declassification/pidb/meetings/pidb2022. At the meeting, PIDB members discussed recommendations for modernizing E.O. 13526; … Continue reading PIDB Virtual Public Meeting Video Now Streaming on NARA’s YouTube Channel

Reminder: PIDB Virtual Public Meeting Set for March 30, 2022 – Register Now, Submit Questions

Registration is required and open to all for the virtual public meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, March 30, from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m., by the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB). Please register before Midnight tonight, March 29, by completing the form at this link: https://ems8.intellor.com?do=register&t=1&p=843241. After registering, you will receive an email with a personalized … Continue reading Reminder: PIDB Virtual Public Meeting Set for March 30, 2022 – Register Now, Submit Questions

PIDB Virtual Public Meeting Set for March 30, 2022

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) will host a virtual public meeting from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. The meeting agenda will include discussion of recommendations for modernizing E.O. 13526; prioritizing declassification of historically significant records related to the 9/11 Attacks; advocacy for public access to Kennedy Assassination Records postponed from … Continue reading PIDB Virtual Public Meeting Set for March 30, 2022

PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on March 2, 2022

On March 2, 2022, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session by video conference. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual meeting, which was attended by PIDB Members Carter Burwell, Paul-Noel Chretien, Laura DeBonis, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. The members planned for a virtual public … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on March 2, 2022

PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on February 24, 2022

On February 24, 2022, 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 PIDB Members Carter Burwell, Paul-Noel Chretien, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, and John Tierney. The PIDB welcomed the newest member, Carter Burwell, whose appointment to the PIDB … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on February 24, 2022

Senate Leaders Appoint Members to the PIDB

Senate Majority Leader Charles P. Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell each announced their intention to appoint members to the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) in the Congressional Record. Senator McConnell announced his intention to appoint Carter Burwell on January 13, 2022, and Senator Schumer announced his intention to appoint Alissa M. Starzak on … Continue reading Senate Leaders Appoint Members to the PIDB

PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on February 1, 2022

On February 1, 2022, 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 PIDB Members Paul-Noel Chretien, Laura DeBonis, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. The members discussed their feasibility study of declassifying records … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on February 1, 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