S. 3564: Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization Act of 2012

S. 3564

Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization Act of 2012

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman

December 19, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider S. 3564, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  S. 3564 was introduced by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) on September 19, 2012, and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which took no action on the bill.  The Senate approved S. 3564 on December 11, 2012, with an amendment, by unanimous consent. 

Bill Summary

S. 3564 would amend the Public Interest Declassification Act of 2000: (1) with respect to term limits for members of the Public Interest Declassification Board, and (2) to extend Board authority for two years, through 2014.  The bill would clarify that a term on the Board be given at the date of appointment.


According to the National Archives and Records Administration, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) is an advisory committee established by Congress in order to promote the fullest possible public access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant U.S. national security decisions and activities. Specifically, the Board was established to advise and provide recommendations to the President and other executive branch officials on the systematic and comprehensive identification, collection, review for declassification, and release of declassified records and materials of archival value, including records and materials of extraordinary public interest.


A CBO score of S. 3564 was not available as of press time.