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Vice President Refuses to Disclose Classification Data

Vice President Refuses to Disclose Classification Data, OMB Watch, 06/13/2006

For the third consecutive year, the Office of the Vice President has refused to disclose information on its security classification practices, according to a report released last month. The refusal contradicts a presidential order to disclose data on classification and declassification, issued by President Clinton and amended by President Bush in 2003….

The Office of the Vice President asserts that the order does not apply to it, even though the office regularly complied with the order before 2003. The implementing directive for ISOO states, “Each agency that creates or handles classified information shall report annually to the Director of ISOO statistics related to its security classification program.” An agency is defined as any “entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified information.”

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