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Fundamental review of classification guidance yields a few reductions in secrecy

Fundamental Review Leads to Some Reductions in Secrecy August 30th, 2012 by Steven Aftergood The classification guides that function as the framework for national security secrecy underwent a substantial overhaul during the past two years. As a result of the Fundamental Classification Guidance Review, a large fraction of existing classification guidance has been eliminated, and at least some existing categories of classified information have been declassified. Out of 3,103 classification guides, or compilations of classification instructions, that were reviewed by national security agencies, 869 were either cancelled or consolidated, the National Archives announced in a news release today. The purpose of the Fundamental Classification Guidance Review, mandated by President Obama’s executive order 13526 (section 1.9), was “to ensure the guidance reflects current circumstanc...

Full article: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/08/fcgr_reductions.html

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