OMB Watch Examines Secrecy Control Markings in New Report

2008 Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award winner OMB Watch released a new report this week, “Controlled Unclassified Information: Recommendations for Information Control Reform.” In the report, OMB Watch explains terms such as sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information and controlled unclassified information (CUI) and examines the myriad of security markings used to keep unclassified information out of the public’s reach.

AALL supports two bills in the House that would rein in CUI control markings. The first, the Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2009 (H.R. 553), would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy to prevent over-classification and promote the sharing of unclassified information at the Department of Homeland Security. H.R. 553 passed the House on February 3, 2009. The second bill, the Over-Classification Reduction Act (H.R. 854) would require increased oversight and training to reduce over-classification across the federal government as a whole. It was ordered to be reported by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of February 4, 2009.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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