Periodic Review Secretariat

U.S. Department of Defense


Executive Order 13567, signed by President Obama on March 7, 2011, establishes a policy and a process to review, on a periodic basis, the continued discretionary exercise of existing detention authority over detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40).
PRS Mission
To administer Periodic Reviews to determine whether certain individuals detained at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba represent a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States such that their continued detention is warranted. 
Purpose
The Periodic Review Secretariat performs all administrative functions for the periodic review process as described in Executive Order 13567 and DTM 12-005.
Periodic Review Board
The Periodic Review Board (PRB) is a body comprised of senior officials from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State; the Joint Staff; and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that will review whether continued detention of particular individuals held at Guantanamo remains necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States.  For more information, please see ABOUT THE PRB.