[govinfo] GovInfo News 7-17-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 14:37:11 -0400

- Government Secrecy: Decisions Without Democracy
- Public Access to EPA Library Holdings in Jeopardy
- Hearing on Classification of National Security Information (July 12, 2007)
- ISOO 2006 Report to the President
- Secrecy and U.S. Satellite Reconnaissance, 1958-1976
Patrice McDermott, Director
OpenTheGovernment.org
www.openthegovernment.org
202.332.OPEN (6736)
- GOVERNMENT SECRECY: DECISIONS WITHOUT DEMOCRACY

In 1987, People for the American Way published "Government Secrecy: Decisions 
Without Democracy." The first update of that primer on secrecy was released 
last week by OpenTheGovernment.org and People for the American Way. The report 
includes a preface written by former Congressman Bob Barr and former White 
House Chief of Staff John Podesta. more

Link: Primer on Government Secrecy

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- PUBLIC ACCESS TO EPA LIBRARY HOLDINGS IN JEOPARDY

Over the past 18 months, EPA has closed large parts of its library network, 
including regional libraries serving 23 states, as well as its Headquarters 
Library and several technical libraries. The holdings from these shuttered 
facilities have been shipped to one of three "repositories" - located in 
Cincinnati, North Carolina's Research Triangle Park and D.C. How the public, 
and even EPA's own staff, access these growing repositories has been uncertain. 
more [PEER]

Links:      Read the new proposed EPA repository policy
            View the proposed EPA public access policy
            See the hurry-up schedule for these policies
            Test EPA's public access by submitting a search question

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- HEARING ON CLASSIFICATION OF NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION (July 12, 2007)
Links: Statement of Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, Chair, Subcommittee on Intelligence 
Community Management
              Bill Leonard (ISOO) Statement
              Steven Aftergood (Project on Government Secrecy, FAS) Statement
       Meredith Fuchs, General Counsel, National Security Archive Statement

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- ISOO 2006 REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT

This report provides information on the status of the security classification 
program has required by Executive Order 12958, as amended, "Classified National 
Security Information." It includes statistics and analysis concerning 
components of the system, primarily classification, declassification, and the 
ISOO review program. It also contains information with respect to industrial 
security in the private sector as required by Executive Order 12829, as 
amended, "National Industrial Security Program" (NISP).

Link: Report

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- SECRECY AND U.S. SATELLITE RECONNAISSANCE, 1958-1976

The documents published [July 13, 2007] show that some officials argued that 
even with a program as sensitive as satellite reconnaissance, greater openness, 
both within and outside the government, could help a variety of U.S. policy 
objectives. A certain degree of transparency, these officials believed, would 
legitimize space reconnaissance (by removing the stigma of espionage), allow 
more extensive use of satellite imagery for both national security and civilian 
purposes, and preserve the credibility of the classification system. more 
[National Security Archive]

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