29 May '12, 2pm

Instead of accelerating, declassification activity slowed in 2011

The total number of pages of government records that were reviewed for declassification last year, as well as the number that were actually declassified, declined slightly from the year before, according to the 2011 annual report from the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) that was published today. Not only is this trend line unfavorable in itself, it also means that the goal set by President Obama of reviewing the entire backlog of 25 year old historical records awaiting declassification by December 2013 is out of reach and will not be achieved. [Update: This is not quite correct, since most of the backlog that needs to be processed for release does not require "review." Only a subset of the backlog is being referred to agencies for review.] The latest ISOO annual report , like its predecessors, is a sometimes bewildering of collection of raw statistics about go...

Full article: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/05/declass_down.html

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