National Declassification Center Hosts Public Forum April 10

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 the role of provenance in archival holdings processing and arrangement, by Rick Peuser, Supervisory Archivist.
  • “Approaches to Prioritization” panel discussion with experts: David Robarge, chief historian, CIA; Stephen Randolph, Historian, Department of State; Katherine Hawkins, National Security Fellow, OpenTheGovernment.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, locatedat 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 at www.archives.gov/declassification.

 

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One Response to National Declassification Center Hosts Public Forum April 10

  1. F.Vegas says:

    I wish I could be there but I am in New Zealand. The Joannides files from the CIA would be great to see! A lot of these files should not be ‘secrets’ in the first place, especially anything which is being withheld that should have been released under the JFK Records Act 1992. I know it’s difficult to find resources to get the job done, but it’s been 23 years…

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