Declassification Board Invites Public Comments on Classification Policies

As we reported in the May edition of the Washington E-Bulletin, President Obama issued a Memorandum on Classified Information and Controlled Unclassified Information on May 27, 2009. In that memo, President Obama called for a review of policies which lead to the overclassification of information and immediate action to rein in Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) designations. He also ordered a review of Executive Order 12958, “Classified National Security Information”, as amended.

In response, the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), an advisory board  whose members are appointed by Congress and the President, will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 to solicit input concerning recommendations and proposed revisions to the classification and declassification policies found in Executive Order 12958.

In addition, the PIDB plans to launch a blog to solicit recommendations for revisions to the Order in four key areas: declassification, creation of a National Declassification Center, classification, and technology challenges and opportunities. According to Secrecy News, the blog will launch next week. We will keep you updated as the comment process opens and we learn more about the blog.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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