30 May '12, 6pm

Secrecy News: Congress Will Allow Energy Dept to Reclassify Nuke Info

Congress is poised to amend the Atomic Energy Act to allow certain nuclear weapons-related information that is classified as Formerly Restricted Data (FRD) to be restored to the Restricted Data (RD) category. FRD and RD are both classified under the Atomic Energy Act, but FRD generally pertains to the utilization of nuclear weapons, whereas RD mostly deals with nuclear weapons design information. Last year, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu wrote to Congress to propose legislation that would permit moving FRD back into the RD category, something that is currently not permitted by the Atomic Energy Act, in order to provide improved security. (Dept of Energy Wants to Reclassify Some Info as ‘Restricted Data’ , Secrecy News, January 17, 2012.) “There is sensitive nuclear weapons design information embodied in some FRD… that should be subject to the more stringent security protec...

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

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