Skip to content

2004 Report – Classification Costs Hit $7.2 Billion — $461 for Each New Secret

Post categories

  1. Freedom of Information
· Story link

· Story link

The Information Security Oversight Office, the government’s overseer of the information classification process, put the cost of official federal secrecy in 2004 at $7.2 billion, an increase of nearly 10.7 percent for the year. There were 15.6 million “classification decisions,” an 80 percent increase in the rate of classification since the Bush Administration first year in office. The cost total includes both the expense of classifying information and of declassifying old secrets, a process the ISOO annual report says has slowed.