Improving Declassification: A Report to the President from the Public Interest Declassification Board   [open pdf - 2MB]

This document, the product of research completed by the Public Interest Declassification Board, provides a historical overview of information declassification, the current standards for declassification, and what future declassification should entail. The purpose of the board is to "promote the fullest possible public access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant…national security decisions and…activities." Issues and recommendations discussed in this report include the following: understanding what the declassification system is accomplishing; prioritizing the declassification review of historically significant information; expediting the declassification of presidential records; preserving a capability within agencies to review records less than 25 years of age; bringing greater uniformity, consistency, and efficiency to the declassification process; expediting the declassification reviews of multiple equity documents; performing declassification reviews involving special media and electronic records; re-reviews of previously disclosed information; dealing with other exempted information and the delays entailed in archival processing; exercising discretion for disclosure in exceptional cases; removing an impediment to comprehensive review; expanding the uses and roles of historians and historical advisory boards; clarifying the status and treatment of formerly restricted data; the handling of the President's daily brief; and declassification reviews of certain congressional records.

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