House Panel Investigates Over-Classification of Federal Information National Coalition for History April 27th, 2007
On April 26, 2007, the House Homeland Security Committeeâ€™s Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment held a hearing to consider the problem of over-classification, and â€œpseudo-classification,â€ of government information.
At issue are the federal governmentâ€™s attempts to standardize procedures for the treatment of what is referred to as â€œSensitive But Unclassifiedâ€ (SBU) information. There are currently 107 different markings for sensitive information that has led to over-classification and a reluctance to disseminate information to state and local law enforcement agencies. In addition, some 280 laws and 150 regulations control the handling of classified information.
Selected testimony and statements are already available:
- Hearing on The Over-Classification and Pseudo-Classification of Government Information: The Response of the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment April 26, 2007
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