ISOO Report Recommends Government-wide Technology Strategy to Address Inefficiencies in Information Security

Today, the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) released its 2017 Annual Report to the President on security classification and implementation of the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program.  ISOO’s report highlights the high cost and inefficiency of using outmoded systems to protect America’s classified information, and recommends that the President implement a Government-wide technology strategy for … Continue reading ISOO Report Recommends Government-wide Technology Strategy to Address Inefficiencies in Information Security

The PIDB Welcomes New Member Alissa Starzak

The PIDB welcomes a new member, Alissa M. Starzak.  U. S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has appointed Ms. Starzak to  a three-year term on the PIDB.  The PIDB looks forward to Ms. Starzak’s participation in continuing  work on transforming and modernizing the security classification system.   Ms. Starzak joins PIDB from her current position … Continue reading The PIDB Welcomes New Member Alissa Starzak

Making Sunshine: The Work of the Public Interest Declassification Board

The PIDB continues its role advising the President, Executive Branch officials, and Congress on ways to bring sunshine to the security classification system in the interest of our national security.  During Sunshine Week, we want to share our plans for a new report and series of recommendations we believe will transform the security classification system … Continue reading Making Sunshine: The Work of the Public Interest Declassification Board

Completion of the JFK Records Rolling Release

Last Friday marked the completion of the rolling review and release of the final records still publicly withheld from the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection.  The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) acknowledges the importance of the completion of the rolling release of these records, but we must note with disappointment failure of the responsible … Continue reading Completion of the JFK Records Rolling Release

NARA’s 2018-2022 Draft Strategic Plan

All Federal agencies are required to produce a strategic document every four years. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) invites public and government partners, stakeholders, and colleagues in the archival, historical, and records management communities to submit comments on NARA’s draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) encourages its stakeholders to submit … Continue reading NARA’s 2018-2022 Draft Strategic Plan

Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi Announces Appointment of John F. Tierney to the PIDB

On July 11, 2017, the House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi announced the appointment of John F. Tierney to serve a three-year term as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board.   The members of the PIDB look forward to working with Mr. Tierney as they continue their efforts to improve declassification and modernize … Continue reading Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi Announces Appointment of John F. Tierney to the PIDB

State Department Releases Historically Significant Records on Human Rights Abuses in Argentina

Yesterday, President Trump presented Argentine President Mauricio Macri with a CD containing approximately 3,300 pages of records relating to human rights abuses committed in Argentina between 1975 and 1984.  The documents are part of a comprehensive interagency project by 14 Government departments and agencies to search their archives and identify and review for public access … Continue reading State Department Releases Historically Significant Records on Human Rights Abuses in Argentina

Join Us at the “Free Speech Legacies: The Pentagon Papers Revisited” Symposium February 16-17, 2017

Please join PIDB member Sanford Ungar at the "Free Speech Legacies: The Pentagon Papers Revisited" symposium on February 16-17, 2017 at Georgetown University.   The event is free and you can register at tinyurl.com/freespeechlegacies. Mr. Ungar orchestrated the symposium, which will feature a variety of distinguished panelists, including Floyd Abrams, Martin Baron, David Cole, David Sanger, … Continue reading Join Us at the “Free Speech Legacies: The Pentagon Papers Revisited” Symposium February 16-17, 2017

What We Heard and Learned at the Public Meeting

On December 8, 2016, the PIDB held a public meeting to hear and discuss recommendations for improved transparency and open government for the new Presidential Administration. The meeting was an opportunity to also solicit ideas for revising Executive Order 13526, “Classified National Security Information” from our internal and external government stakeholders, including leaders of civil society.  … Continue reading What We Heard and Learned at the Public Meeting