News and Notices
- PIDB Chair Nancy Soderberg participated in a panel on Secrecy and Security on March 14, 2013 sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice. For more information and to see a video of the panel discussion, visit the PIDB Blog.
- Press Release 12/04/12 - Public Interest Declassification Board Released its Report to the President on Transforming the National Security Classification System and Hosted an Open Meeting at the National Archives on December 6, 2012.
- The PIDB re-opened its blog, Transforming Classification, on Monday, November 21, 2012 to continue its public conversation about the key recommendations in its Report to the President and the PIDB's current activities.
NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: The Public Interest Declassification Board Publicly Releases its Report to the President on Transforming the Security Classification System
The Public Interest Declassification Board released online its recommendations to the President on Transforming the Security Classification System on December 6, 2012. The full Report can be found at
transforming-classification.html. The report centers on the need for new policies for classifying information, new processes for declassifying information, and the imperative for using and integrating technology into these processes. The PIDB's blog, Transforming Classification, is open for public comment on the key recommendations in the report and to showcase the PIDB's current activities.
The Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) is an advisory committee established by Congress in order to promote the fullest possible public access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant U.S. national security decisions and activities. The President appointed Nancy Soderberg as chair of the Board and Martin C. Faga, William H. Leary, and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker as members. The Minority Leader of the House appointed David Skaggs. The Speaker of the House appointed William O. Studeman and the Majority Leader of the Senate appointed Sanford Ungar.
The Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), serves as the PIDB Executive Secretary, and the ISOO staff provides staff support on a reimbursable basis.
Section 2 of the Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization Act of 2012, Section 602 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, and Section 1102 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 extended and modified the PIDB as established by the Public Interest Declassification Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-567, title VII, Dec. 27, 2000, 114 Stat. 2856).
- Advises and provides recommendations to the President and other executive branch officials on the systematic, thorough, coordinated, and comprehensive identification, collection, review for declassification, and release of declassified records and materials of archival value, including records and materials of extraordinary public interest.
- Promotes the fullest possible public access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant U.S. national security decisions and activities in order to: support the oversight and legislative functions of Congress; support the policymaking role of the executive branch; respond to the public interest on national security matters; and promote reliable historical analysis and new avenues of historical study in national security matters.
- Advises the President and other executive branch officials on policies deriving from Executive Orders regarding the classification and declassification of national security information.
- Reviews and makes recommendations to the President with respect to any Congressional request, made by the committee of jurisdiction, to declassify certain records or to reconsider a rejection to declassify specific records.