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

The Periodic Review Secretariat (PRS) develops and administers the periodic review process for eligible Guantanamo Bay detainees, including provision of personal representatives to detainees.


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.