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Homeland Security’s FOIA Officers Pledged to Keep FOUO Data Secret

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How much does it compromise a government employee who makes decisions on whether to grant Freedom of Information Act requests if he or she signs a non-disclosure agreement? The Project on Government Oversight raised that question after learning that two people in the Department of Homeland Security’s central FOIA office had signed the secrecy agreements, which call for punishment if For Official Use Only information is disclosed. DHS said employees could reasonably “safeguard potentially exploitable sensitive information, while also complying with the Freedom of Information Act.” POGO’s reply, “gobbledy gook.” (11/2/05)