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Classification Rate Hits 23 Million; Costs Rise to $9.9 Billion

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· Story link The pace of government secrecy picked up in 2007 as federal agencies made 23.1 million decisions to…

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The pace of government secrecy picked up in 2007 as federal agencies made 23.1 million decisions to classify information, up from 20.5 in 2006 and 14.2 million in 2005, the Information Security Oversight Office reported. At the same time declassification fell from 37.6 million pages in 2006 to 37.2 million pages last year. And the cost of classification for government and industry rose to $9.9 billion. (6/19/08)