2015 Press Releases

National Declassification Center Hosts Public Forum April 10
Press Release · Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

Washington, DC

Theme: NDC Prioritization: What Secrets Do People Want to See?

Washington, DC…The National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC) will host its next public forum on Friday, April 10, from 10 AM to noon, in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. This event is free and open to the public. Please enter via the Special Events entrance on Constitution Ave. and 7th St., NW. See directions.

The theme for this year’s forum is NDC Prioritization: What Secrets Do People Want to See? Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero will provide opening remarks. NDC Director Sheryl Shenberger will update the public on NDC prioritization practices and ongoing declassification progress.

NDC and National Archives staff, outside experts, and the public will address and discuss this year’s theme: NDC Prioritization: What Secrets Do People Want to See? The forum will conclude with a question and answer session with members of the public, moderated by NDC Supervisor Don McIlwain.

Session highlights include:

  • An overview of role of provenance in archival holdings processing and arrangement, by David Langbart, Archivist.
  • “Approaches to Prioritization” panel discussion with experts: David Robarge, chief historian, CIA; Stephen Randolph, Historian, Department of State; Katherine Hawkins, National Security Fellow, Open the Gov.org; Nate Jones, FOIA Coordinator, National Security Archive; William Burr, Senior Analyst, National Security Archive; and Bill Leary, Public Member, Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB).

For additional information or to submit questions in advance question, contact Don McIlwain at don.mcilwain@nara.gov or (301) 837-0587.

The National Declassification Center, located at the National Archives at College Park, was established under Executive Order 13526 by Archivist David S. Ferriero on December 30, 2009. The NDC’s mission is to align people, processes, and technologies to advance the declassification and public release of historically valuable permanent records while maintaining national security. For more information see the National Declassification Center’s website [www.archives.gov/declassification].

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at www.archives.gov.

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