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  • J. William Leonard, Director Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) (202) 357-5250
  • Pam Carcirieri (202) 357-5308

Media Alert
December 5, 2006

National Archives to Host Public Interest Declassification Board Meeting on December 15

WHAT: The ninth meeting of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) to discuss declassification program issues. The meeting will include a briefing by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the National Security Agency (NSA) on their declassification programs and responsibilities.

WHO: Speakers will include:

  • PIDB Chair L. Britt Snider
  • Information Security and Oversight Office (ISOO) Director J. William Leonard
  • Representatives of DIA, NGA, NRO, and NSA

WHEN: Friday, December 15, 2006, 9 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

WHERE: National Archives and Records Administration
Rooms 500/501
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408

This meeting is open to the public. However, due to space limitations and access procedures, the name and telephone number of individuals planning to attend must be submitted to the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). Information may be submitted electronically to PIDB@nara.gov or by telephone to 202-357-5308 no later than Wednesday, December 13th. ISOO will provide additional instructions for gaining access to the location of the meeting.

Background

The Public Interest Declassification Board 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 Board is composed of nine individuals, five appointed by the President and four by the Congressional leadership. In addition to Mr. Snider, current Presidential appointees include Martin Faga, Steven Garfinkel, and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker. The Minority Leader of the House appointed David Skaggs, the Majority Leader of the Senate appointed Joan Vail Grimson, and the Speaker of the House appointed Admiral William O. Studeman, USN (Ret). For more information see the Public Interest Declassification Board web page.

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For PRESS information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (202) 357-5300. For background information relating to the withdrawal of records from public access, see our Background on NARA Classified MOUs web page.

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