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Classifications Soar to a Record 20.5 Million "Decisions"

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Federal government classification activity rose 44 percent in 2006 to a record 20.5 million classification decisions, the Information Security Oversight Office said in a report to the President. The costs of keeping these top secrets also rose to a new record for government and private industry — $9.5 billion. And once again, the vice president’s office failed to provide information on its classification activity. The oversight agency said its auditing of the classification process found a “high percentage of documents with an unknown basis for classification …calling into question the propriety of their classification.” (7/18/07)