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After Six-Year Wait, Declassification Board Has Money to Operate

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The Public Interest Declassification Board was created by Congress in 2000 to cut down on unnecessary secrecy. Its task: help federal agencies determine which classified documents should be made public. It was four years before the first of its members were appointed; it still only has seven of the nine provided by law. But at long last, it has the money to operate. A $1 million appropriation was tucked in the Defense Authorization Bill that passed in December. (1/17/06)