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2014 Report to the President: Information Security Oversight Office

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy

http://www.fas.org/sgp/isoo/2014rpt.pdf

Annual statistical report and analysis of the federal system of classification and declassification of information.  The creation of new classified material declined by 20% during the year.  From the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives

 

Controlled Unclassified Information

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/news/2015/05/cui-proposed.pdf

New proposed federal rules for standardizing treatment of information that is unclassified but considered too sensitive for public disclosure, such as information related to law enforcement, nuclear security, and grand jury proceedings.  Would replace more than 100 different categories for such information previously used by agencies. From the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

American Civil Liberties Union et al v. Clapper et al

http://cases.justia.com/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/14-42/14-42-2015-05-07.pdf?ts=1431009005

Decision of three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, which gathered millions of civilian phone records, violates the PATRIOT Act and is unconstitutional.  From Justia

 

2014 Report on Security Clearance Determinations

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Spying/Intelligence,Statistics

http://fas.org/sgp/othergov/intel/clear-2014.pdf

Reports on the number of persons with security clearances for classified information in the federal government and trends in the number of such clearances.  In 2014 the number of persons holding such clearances declined by 12.3% or 164,000 persons.  From the office of the Director of National Intelligence

 

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.

 

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