PIDB to Host Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, 2021

The Public Interest Declassification Board will host a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. The meeting will include an update on their June 2020 Report to the President, A Vision for the Digital Age: Modernization of the U.S. National Security Classification and Declassification System; discussions of records related … Continue reading PIDB to Host Virtual Public Meeting on May 18, 2021

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on April 13, 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, 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 members Paul-Noel Chretien, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. Stephannie Oriabure, Director of the Archival Operations Division, Legislative Archives, Presidential … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on April 13, 2021

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on March 18, 2021

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) met in executive session by video teleconference on Thursday, March 18, 2021. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual meeting, which was attended by members Paul Noel Chretien, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. At the session, archivists from the Center for Legislative Archives … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference Held on March 18, 2021

The PIDB and Sunshine Week: Opportunities to Promote Secrecy Reform and Greater Transparency

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) normally celebrates Sunshine Week by hosting a public meeting. While the pandemic may have disrupted plans to host a public meeting at the National Archives, our members are using this time to advocate for increasing open and transparent government policies. Sunshine Week offers an opportunity for the new Presidential … Continue reading The PIDB and Sunshine Week: Opportunities to Promote Secrecy Reform and Greater Transparency

Space Operations Chief Decries Over-classification and its Effect on Operations

Speaking last week (March 3, 2021) at a virtual event hosted by the National Press Club, the U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond reiterated complaints about the over-classification of space information previously voiced by several U.S. Space Force and military officials. Gen. Raymond particularly stressed the importance of reducing over-classification to … Continue reading Space Operations Chief Decries Over-classification and its Effect on Operations

FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting Focuses on the Use of Technology in FOIA Processing; Access to Congressional Records and Reports

Yesterday (3/3/2021), the quarterly meeting of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee focused on the question of whether the FOIA should apply to Legislative and Judicial branch records. The committee heard briefings from public interest groups on this issue, as well as general reports from subcommittees about their priorities. The Technology Subcommittee continues … Continue reading FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting Focuses on the Use of Technology in FOIA Processing; Access to Congressional Records and Reports

Historical Advisory Committee Reports Progress from DOD and State Initiatives

The State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee (HAC) met virtually on March 1st to review progress on the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) publication series. The Department of Defense (DOD) provided a briefing on its declassification review support to the FRUS program, while the Department of State provided a briefing on his automatic declassification … Continue reading Historical Advisory Committee Reports Progress from DOD and State Initiatives

Open Government Groups Send Letter to President Biden

On Monday, February 22, 2021, a coalition of open-government organizations led by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, submitted a letter to President Biden requesting "Swift Presidential Leadership to Make Transparency a Top Priority for the Biden Administration." The organizations included several requests in their letter that … Continue reading Open Government Groups Send Letter to President Biden

PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) held an executive session by video teleconference. PIDB Chair Ezra Cohen led the virtual meeting, which was attended by members John-Paul Chretien, Trey Gowdy, Michael Lawrence, Ben Powell, Alissa Starzak, and John Tierney. Their discussion focused on strategic planning for their activities in 2021. … Continue reading PIDB Posts Agenda from Executive Session Teleconference

Public Interest Groups Publish Report on Government Transparency – Highlight Technology – Part Two

Open the Government, a nonpartisan coalition composed of civil society and government transparency focused organizations published its report, Accountability 2021 in December. The report promotes several long- and short-term recommendations that also support previous recommendations by the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB). The PIDB’s most recent report to the President, A Vision for the Digital … Continue reading Public Interest Groups Publish Report on Government Transparency – Highlight Technology – Part Two