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ABA and OMB Watch on “Sensitive but Unclassified” Information

OMB Watch has information covering a recent American Bar Association (ABA) report on information that governments deem “sensitive but unclassified.”

The explosion in the use by federal agencies of Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) designations to withhold information since the 9/11 terrorist attacks has resulted in uneven policies across agencies and unnecessary restrictions on public access to information, according to a recent American Bar Association report.”

OMB Watch also has a paper, Background on Sensitive But Unclassified Information.

Update (2/26/2006):

Press Release, February 22, 2006, The National Archives Responds to Reclassification of Documents

NARA, “in response to complaints and recommendations received from a group of historians and researchers regarding agency classification activity which has resulted in a number of historical documents being withdrawn from the open shelves at the National Archives and Records Administration” has initiated several actions.

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