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NARA Posts New Rules on Declassification

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The National Archives proposed a new rule on declassification of national security information to bring its policy in line with the President’s March 2003 executive order, 12958, that extended automatic declassification dates and gave the White House new reclassification authority. The NARA posting offers a Q &A that outlines the new policy. Secrecy News noted this response on the question of reclassification: “An agency or an entity within the Executive Office of the President that solely advises and assists the President, may ask NARA to temporarily close, review, and possibly reclassify or restore the classification of White House-originated information that has been declassified and previously released.” (8/17/05)