OMB Watch has information covering a recent American Bar Association (ABA) report on information that governments deem “sensitive but unclassified.”
- Report [to] The House Of Delegates, Eleanor D. Kinney Chair, [ABA] Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, February 2006.
- Sensitive But Unclassified Info: You Can’t Have It. Why? Because They Say So, OMB Watch, 02/22/2006.
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.
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from a group of historians and researchers regarding agency classification activity which has resulted in a number of historical documents being withdrawn from the open shelves at the National Archives and Records Administration” has initiated several actions.