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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 […]

PIDB Holds Congressional Briefing on Transforming the Security Classification System

On Friday, June 20, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) held a congressional briefing on the Report to the President on Transforming the Security Classification System, which offered fourteen key recommendations on how to reform the security classification system to better reflect the digital age.  The need for increased transparency and improved public access to […]

What We Heard and Learned at our June 19th Public Meeting

On behalf of the members of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), I want to thank all those who attended and participated in our  public meeting on June 19, 2014.  We wish to thank the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, and his staff for hosting the meeting at the National Archives and […]

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 […]

Farewell to PIDB Member Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker

On behalf of the members of the Public Interest Declassification Board, I would like to thank Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker for her dedicated service to the PIDB and acknowledge her extensive contributions.  Elizabeth concluded her third term as a member of the PIDB and we are lucky to have had her knowledge and expertise during her […]

What We Heard and Learned during Sunshine Week

The members and staff of the Public Interest Declassification Board attended and participated in many events last week to commemorate Sunshine Week. We thank the public and representatives from civil society and open government advocacy groups, Government agencies, the Congress and all attendees who participated in Sunshine Week activities. The Board wishes to thank the […]

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. […]

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