Two pieces of legislation to reduce over-classification have been reintroduced in the House of Representatives. Both bills require increased oversight and training to reduce over-classification and set up processes by which employees can challenge original classification decisions. The first, H.R. 553, the Reducing Over-classification Act of 2009, applies only to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). H.R. 854, the Over-Classification Reduction Act, applies across the federal government. The House passed H.R. 553 on Tuesday, February 3rd. H.R. 854 has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns ( D-NY-10 ) is a co-sponsor of the bill.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]