NARA and Declassification

Recommendations and Reports


Setting Priorities: An Essential Step in Transforming Declassification-December, 2014

Setting Priorities-An Essential Step in Transforming Declassification–December 2014   This Report is a supplemental report focusing on topic-based declassification prioritization as a means to transform the security classification system.


  Transforming the Security Classification System – November, 2012

Transforming the Security Classification System Report coverThis Report to the President discusses 14 recommendations on how to transform the security classification system.


  • Response from the National Security Advisor – September 2, 2009
    This letter thanks the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) for their work in soliciting public comment for the review of Executive Order 12958, as amended.

  • Letter to the National Security Advisor – July 21, 2009
    • Summary of Comments Received from the Public – July 21, 2009
      The letter and summary represent the efforts of the PIDB to satisfy the June 2, 2009 request of the National Security Advisor. The letter highlights four key themes that the Board saw in the public comments at the July 8, 2009 meeting and the Declassification Policy Forum. The summary of public comments is meant to capture not only what the public stated, but also the diversity of views.

  • Declassification Policy Forum – June 28, 2009, through July 27, 2009
    In response to the National Security Advisor's request, the PIDB hosted a blog discussion on four topics: Declassification Policy, National Declassification Center, Classification Policy, and Technology Challenges and Opportunities. The Board also held a public meeting on July 8, 2009 to solicit recommendations from members of the public .
  • Letter from the National Security Advisor– June 2, 2009
    This letter requests that the PIDB hold a series of public forums to solicit recommendations for revisions to Executive Order 12958, as amended, "Classified National Security Information."

  • PIDB Letter to the President – March 6, 2009
    This letter makes recommendations to the President for comprehensive reform of the current approach to declassification.


  • Improving Declassification – January 2, 2008

    Improving Declassification Report This report to the President highlights 15 issues in the declassification system and the corresponding recommendations from the PIDB.