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Revision of Justice Department Freedom of Information Act Regulations

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/news/2015/04/doj-foia.pdf

Updates regulations to lower copying fees, recognize Internet news organizations as representatives of the news media making them exempt from search fees, and increase responsiveness to requests for classified information by determining whether continuing classification is proper. From the Justice Department

 

Freedom of Information Act Legislation in the 114th Congress: Issue Summary and Side-by-Side Analysis

Categories: Congress,Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/R43924.pdf

Discusses the differences that would result from passage of two bills, introduced in the Senate and House, to the Freedom of Information Act.  The proposed legislation would establish a greater presumption of openness than is the case at present. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Recommendations Assessment Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Secrecy,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.pclob.gov/library/Recommendations_Assessment-Report.pdf

22 recommendations directed at the executive branch, Congress, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on the implementation of provisions of the PATRIOT Act, specifically the Section 215 Telephone Records and the Section 702 Surveillance programs.  Scolds the administration for not ending the NSA’s telephone records program.  From the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

 

Quarterly Report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt Secrecy

http://www.fas.org/man/eprint/sigar-2015-01.pdf

Provides a summary of SIGAR’s oversight work and an update on developments in the three major sectors of Afghanistan’s reconstruction effort.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists which also reported that much of the information about training and equipping the Afghan security forces, disclosed in previous reports, has now been classified by order of the Commanding General, John Campbell.  Appendix E shows 31 questions whose answers have been classified and Appendix F contains Campbell’s explanation.

 

Setting Priorities: An Essential Step in Transforming Declassification

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

http://www.archives.gov/declassification/pidb/recommendations/setting-priorities.pdf

Proposes that items be declassified by the government according to priorities based on historical significance rather than age or automatic declassification of all documents.  From the Public Interest Declassification Board at the National Archives and Records Administration

 

CIA Reactions to JFK Assassination Included Fear of Possible Soviet Strike Against U.S.

Categories: Communism,Govt Secrecy,History,Spying/Intelligence

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB493/

A collection of 26 recently declassified documents about articles in the Central Intelligence Agency’s in-house journal “Studies in Intelligence,” released as part of court litigation.  Covers a variety of topics from the 1960s through 2001.  From the National Security Archive

 

Federal Reserve: Oversight and Disclosure Issues

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Govt Secrecy

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42079.pdf

Discusses measures that the Fed has taken to provide more disclosure of Fed actions and calls for more oversight which might limit its political independence.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

J. Robert Oppenheimer Personnel Hearings Transcripts

Categories: Communism,Energy,Govt Secrecy,History,Nuclear Arms,Science/Technology

https://www.osti.gov/opennet/hearing.jsp

Declassified transcripts of a classic Cold War document, the hearings by the Atomic Energy Commission that resulted in the revocation of the security clearance of Oppenheimer, the physicist who led the Manhattan Project to produce the first atomic bomb.  The first time the complete text has been available.  From the Energy Department

 

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