On August 24, 2016, the Agency released roughly 2,500 previously classified President’s Daily Briefs (PDBs) from the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations at a public symposium at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, titled The President’s Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to Nixon and Ford. This 40-page color booklet describes the documents and the PDB process during this period.
The PDB contains intelligence analysis on key national security issues for the President and other senior policymakers. Only the President, the Vice President, and a select group of senior officials designated by the President receive the briefing, which represents the Intelligence Community’s best insights on issues the President must confront when dealing with threats as well as opportunities related to our national security.
For several years, CIA information management officers have worked with their counterparts at the National Security Council and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the review and declassification of these documents. Roughly 85 percent of the collection has been declassified and is being made available to the public.
The document collection can be viewed on the CIA FOIA website at: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/presidents-daily-brief.
This collection was assembled as part of the CIA’s Historical Review Program, which identifies, reviews, and declassifies documents on historically significant events or topics.