“Reforming the Classification System: Challenges, Approaches, and Priorities” – ABA and Federalist Society Co-Sponsor Event including PIDB Members at Hudson Institute, December 6 from 9:00-11:00 AM

On Tuesday, December 6, from 9:00-11:00 a.m., a discussion by Ezra Cohen and Alissa Starzak, chair and vice chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), will open an in-person event on “Reforming the Classification System: Challenges, Approaches, and Priorities,” hosted by the Hudson Institute at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Following the opening by Mr. … Continue reading “Reforming the Classification System: Challenges, Approaches, and Priorities” – ABA and Federalist Society Co-Sponsor Event including PIDB Members at Hudson Institute, December 6 from 9:00-11:00 AM

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

PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on November 16, 2022

On November 16, 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 Benjamin Powell, Carter Burwell, Paul Noel Chretien, John Tierney, Michael Lawrence, Trey Gowdy, and Laura DeBonis. PIDB members heard a briefing on blockchain, cognitive technologies, and … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on November 16, 2022

Declassified: 9/11 Commission Interviews with Bush and Cheney

The declassification and release today (November 9, 2022) of the interview with President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney conducted by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission) follows recommendations long advocated by the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB).  The release of the transcript addresses one of … Continue reading Declassified: 9/11 Commission Interviews with Bush and Cheney

PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on October 19, 2022

On October 19, 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 Alissa Starzak, John Tierney, Trey Gowdy, Paul-Noel Chretien, Ben Powell, Laura Debonis, and Michael Lawrence. In the session, the members received a periodically required ethics briefing … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on October 19, 2022

Interviews with the PIDB: Chairman Ezra Cohen

Today we launch a series of interviews conducted by Rachel Legow and Matt Arnold with members of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), beginning with PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen. Ezra Cohen, the chair of the PIDB, served in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community prior to his board appointment. The PIDB is charged … Continue reading Interviews with the PIDB: Chairman Ezra Cohen

PIDB Posts Agenda for Virtual Public Meeting Held on August 19, 2022

On August 19, 2022, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) held a virtual public meeting to mark the completion of their feasibility study on the Declassification of Records Relating to Nuclear Weapons Testing and Cleanup Activities in the Marshall Islands. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual public meeting, which was attended by the PIDB … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda for Virtual Public Meeting Held on August 19, 2022

PIDB Posts Marshall Islands Declassification Feasibility Study; Register Before Midnight for Virtual Public Meeting Set for tomorrow, August 19, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) has posted its Marshall Islands declassification feasibility study on the PIDB Recommendations and Reports webpage, here: https://www.archives.gov/files/pidb/recommendations/marshall-islands-feasibility-study-2022-.pdf. The completed study has also been presented to Congress, and the Secretaries of the Departments of Defense and Energy, as required under the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act. Registration remains open … Continue reading PIDB Posts Marshall Islands Declassification Feasibility Study; Register Before Midnight for Virtual Public Meeting Set for tomorrow, August 19, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.