NARA and Declassification

Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB)

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Established by statute, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) advises the President of the United States regarding issues pertaining to national classification and declassification policy.

The PIDB is an advisory committee established by the United States Congress with the official mandate of promoting the fullest possible public access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant U.S. national security decisions and activities. The PIDB advises the President and other executive branch officials on the identification, collection, review for declassification, and release of declassified records and materials of archival value. The PIDB also advises the President and other executive branch officials on policies deriving from the issuance by the President of Executive orders regarding the classification and declassification of national security information.

The Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) serves as the executive secretary of the PIDB, and ISOO staff provides support on a reimbursable basis.