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

PIDB Posts Responses to Questionnaire from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

After PIDB Member John Tierney testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in an open hearing on September 9, 2020, Acting Chairman Marco Rubio and Vice Chairman Mark Warner sent the PIDB a list of questions regarding its Report to the President, A Vision for the Digital Age: Modernization of the U.S. Security Classification … Continue reading PIDB Posts Responses to Questionnaire from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

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

Thank You for Participating!

The Public Interest Declassification Board (the Board) thanks you, the public, for joining our virtual meeting yesterday, Wednesday, October 7, 2020. This was the second virtual public meeting of the Board, and the first meeting held by WebEx video conference. Over 130 people registered to see and listen to remarks by the Archivist of the … Continue reading Thank You for Participating!

REMINDER: PIDB Public Meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 7, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Senator Ron Wyden and the Archivist of the United States to Speak at Online Public Meeting on Declassification Reform Register now to attend the Public Interest Declassification Board’s Virtual Public Meeting this Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. To participate in this WebEx event, please register by 11:59 p.m., October 6, by completing the form at this link: https://ems8.intellor.com?do=register&t=1&p=833206. After registering, you … Continue reading REMINDER: PIDB Public Meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 7, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Registration Now Open for PIDB Virtual Public Meeting Featuring Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jerry Moran (invited) on October 7, from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Registration is now open for the Public Interest Declassification Board’s Virtual Public Meeting set for October 7, 2020, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. To participate in this WebEx event, please register before Midnight, October 6, by completing the form at this link: https://ems8.intellor.com?do=register&t=1&p=833206. After registering, you will receive an email containing a personalized link that will provide … Continue reading Registration Now Open for PIDB Virtual Public Meeting Featuring Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jerry Moran (invited) on October 7, from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session. The agenda for that session is available on the PIDB website. The meeting began with PIDB Executive Secretary Mark Bradley administering the oath of office to Harold (“Trey”) Gowdy III, who was appointed to the PIDB by House Minority Leader … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference

SSCI Members Embrace Need for Declassification Reform, Discuss PIDB Recommendations at Senate Hearing

The Board would like to thank Acting Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL), Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA), and members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) for their invitation to testify yesterday (September 9, 2020) at the open hearing on “Declassification Policy and Prospects for Reform.”    At the hearing, PIDB Member John Tierney responded … Continue reading SSCI Members Embrace Need for Declassification Reform, Discuss PIDB Recommendations at Senate Hearing

PIDB Member John Tierney to Support Modernizing Classification and Declassification before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., Live on C-SPAN

PIDB member John Tierney will testify at an open hearing on declassification policy and the prospects for reform, to be held by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9, 2020, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST. The hearing will be shown on the SSCI’s website, and televised live on C-SPAN.  Senator Ron Wyden … Continue reading PIDB Member John Tierney to Support Modernizing Classification and Declassification before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., Live on C-SPAN