Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Information Security Oversight Office Report to the President 2013

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Statistics

http://www.fas.org/sgp/isoo/2013rpt.pdf

Annual report on the level of government classification of information.  Reports that original classification decisions declined by 20% over the past year.  From the Information Security Oversight Office, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

National Security Archive v. Central Intelligence Agency

Categories: Cuba,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/9FBA79A32DDF129585257CDE004E1080/$file/12-5201.pdf

2-1 decision that a 30 year old study of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion fiasco by the CIA can be withheld from the public under the “deliberative process” provision.  Four other volumes of the study have been previously released.  The case arose from a 2005 FOIA request for the volume from the National Security Archive.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

 

Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Portions of CIA Study

http://www.fas.org/irp/news/2014/04/feinstein-040314.html

Describes the vote of the Senate Intelligence Committee to authorize public release of the 500 page Executive Summary with findings and conclusions of the five year study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  Also contains statements of Committee Chair Feinstein on the importance of the vote.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Suitability and Security Processes Review: Report to the President

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Personnel,Govt Secrecy,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/omb/suitsec-2014.pdf

Finds that 5.1 million individuals now have security clearances.  Reviews process by which the clearances are acquired and recommends that the number of clearances be reduced to reduce costs and avoid risks to sensitive information. From the Government Accountability Office

 

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