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Hearing on Over-Classification and Pseudo-Classification of Government Information

House Panel Investigates Over-Classification of Federal Information National Coalition for History April 27th, 2007

On April 26, 2007, the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment held a hearing to consider the problem of over-classification, and “pseudo-classification,” of government information.

At issue are the federal government’s attempts to standardize procedures for the treatment of what is referred to as “Sensitive But Unclassified” (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:

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