New DOD Position Realigns AI and Data Management — Can Support Improved Classification and Declassification

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) has noted that the executive branch has been developing and implementing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies for a variety of use cases at an accelerated rate. However, federal agencies too often develop these innovations without internal or interagency coordination. Recommendations of the PIDB have long emphasized … Continue reading New DOD Position Realigns AI and Data Management — Can Support Improved Classification and Declassification

PIDB Submits Letter to Congress

On January 10, 2022, Ezra Cohen, Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) submitted letters on behalf of the Board to Congress, outlining its work in 2021. Recipients of the PIDB’s letter included: The four Congressional Leaders andThe Chair and Ranking Member of the following committees:Senate Select Committee on IntelligenceHouse Permanent Select Committee on … Continue reading PIDB Submits Letter to Congress

PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on January 11, 2022

On January 11, 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 the requirement in section 1685 of … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda for Executive Session Teleconference Held on January 11, 2022

FY2022 NDAA Mandates Feasibility Study of Declassification Review for Marshall Islands Weapons Tests

President Joseph Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on December 27, 2021. Section 1685 of the NDAA includes a requirement that the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) conduct “a study on the feasibility of carrying out a declassification review relating to nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, or ballistic missile … Continue reading FY2022 NDAA Mandates Feasibility Study of Declassification Review for Marshall Islands Weapons Tests

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on December 20, 2021

On December 20, 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 PIDB members Paul-Noel Chretien, Laura DeBonis, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. The PIDB members met with representatives from civil society … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on December 20, 2021

JFK Assassination Records Release, December 15, 2021

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on December 15, 2021, released 1,491 documents from the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection and posted them online. These documents were previously released in redacted form. This release was required by President Biden’s October 22, 2021 memorandum to agencies on the public disclosure of records in … Continue reading JFK Assassination Records Release, December 15, 2021

President Joseph R. Biden Appoints Laura A. DeBonis to the PIDB

On November 30, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden appointed Laura A. DeBonis to a three-year term as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB). The PIDB members and staff welcome back Ms. DeBonis and look forward to working with her in continuing efforts to modernize the classification and declassification system to meet 21st Century … Continue reading President Joseph R. Biden Appoints Laura A. DeBonis to the PIDB

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on December 8, 2021

On December 8, 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 PIDB members Paul-Noel Chretien, Trey Gowdy, John Tierney, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell and Alissa Starzak. At the meeting, the PIDB members discussed work options for 2022, … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on December 8, 2021

PIDB Posts Agendas from Meetings at NGA and ODNI

On November 3, 2021, PIDB members attended classified briefings presented by officials at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and on November 4, 2021, at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the meetings, which were attended at the NGA by PIDB Vice Chair Alissa Starzak, Paul-Noel Chretien, … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agendas from Meetings at NGA and ODNI

President Biden Issues Memorandum on the Public Release of Withheld JFK Assassination Records, Sets New Disclosure Deadline

On October 22, 2021, President Biden issued a memorandum that sets new deadlines for the public disclosure of about 14,000 records that remain classified in the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection (JFK Records) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Originally scheduled for release on October 25, 2017, then-President Trump certified agency requests … Continue reading President Biden Issues Memorandum on the Public Release of Withheld JFK Assassination Records, Sets New Disclosure Deadline