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Declassification in Full of the 1954 Oppenheimer Hearing

The PIDB congratulates the Department of Energy’s Office of Classification Management for declassifying the complete 1954 Oppenheimer Hearing Transcript.  President Obama’s Second Open Government National Action Plan tasked Government agencies, including the Department of Energy, to systematically review and declassify historical data on nuclear activities.  The PIDB is pleased to see the Department of Energy […]

The President Signs Legislation to Extend the PIDB to December 31, 2018

On July 7, 2014, the President signed into law S. 1681, “Fiscal 2014 Intelligence Authorization.”  The Senate passed the bill on June 11, 2014 and the House of Representatives passed it by voice vote on June 24, 2014.  The legislation included a section that amended Section 710(b) of the Public Interest Declassification Act of 2000 […]

Registration Now Open for the PIDB Public Meeting on June 19, 2014

The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) will host a public meeting to discuss the recommendations included in its Report to the President on Transforming the Security Classification System, and its recommendation to re-examine the classification status of obsolete and historical Formerly Restricted Data (FRD) information. The meeting will focus on new processes to support the […]

Save-the-Date: Public Meeting of the Public Interest Declassification Board

The Public Interest Declassification Board will hold a public meeting the morning of Thursday, June 19, 2014. We will include more details about the agenda, location and time of the meeting, as well as information about how to register to attend in a future blog post. Please visit the PIDB’s website, http://www.archives.gov/declassification/pidb/, and continue to follow […]

“More Declassification Reform Needed,” says Boston Globe

The Boston Globe published an article yesterday titled, “U.S. lags in airing its old secrets.” It discusses the challenges facing the National Declassification Center (NDC) and the effect current declassification policies and practices have on providing timely access to historical records at the National Archives and Records Administration.  In the article, journalist Bryan Bender quotes […]

New Legislation Introduced to Extend the PIDB

We are pleased to announce that two bills were introduced this week that, if enacted, will extend the term of the PIDB. On May 19, 2014, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced H.R. 4671, “To extend the Public Interest Declassification Act of 2000,” and on May 21, 2014, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform […]

Commemorating Sunshine Week: More Sunshine Earlier

The annual celebration of Sunshine Week reminds us of the need for greater transparency in government and greater public access to government information. As part of the initiative to promote freedom of information, we, the members of the Public Interest Declassification Board, renew our call on the need to transform our nation’s security classification system. […]

Final Call for Topics

The PIDB still wants your suggested topics that you feel agencies should prioritize for declassification.  Beginning on January 27, 2014, the PIDB will begin compiling the responses and comments it received on this blog.  It will then use those ideas and report back to the public its conclusions and suggested next steps to assist the […]

NEW PRIORITIZATION: Topics Related to the Presidential Libraries

We have already received many comments from our followers about what topics you would like to see declassified.  Today, we present you with a new  list of topics.  These topics all relate to records found at the Presidential Libraries. View the List Here:  Topics Related to the Presidential Libraries Like the other categories on our […]

NEW: GENERAL TOPICS FOR PRIORITIZATION

We continue to receive comments and feedback on the topics posted on our blog.  We have a new list of general topics of interest to share with our followers.  This list contains topics of interest that do not fall squarely into one of the other categories we have featured on the blog. You can view […]

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