A Review of the Department of Energy Classification: Policy and Practice

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With the end of the Cold War, the Department of Energy is engaged in a review of its policies regarding the classification of information. In 1994, the Secretary of Energy requested the assistance of the National Research Council in an effort to "lift the veil of Cold War secrecy." This book recommends fundamental principles to guide declassification policy. It also offers specific suggestions of ways to improve public access while protecting truly sensitive information.

 

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Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1
INTRODUCTION
11
CHAPTER 1 CONTEXT
15
CHAPTER 2 A DESCRIPTION OF THE CURRENT SYSTEM
23
CHAPTER 3 BASIC PRINCIPLES AND PRIORITIES FOR CHANGE
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CHAPTER 4 ISSUES IN CLASSIFICATION POLICY
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CHAPTER 5 DECLASSIFYING DOCUMENTS
67
CHAPTER 6 INCENTIVES AND ACCOUNTABILITY
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CHAPTER 7 SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
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ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE REPORT
95
References Cited
97
APPENDIX A CHARGE TO THE COMMITTE
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APPENDIX B BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
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APPENDIX C AGENDA FOR JOINT NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCESDEPARTMENTOF ENERGY WORK SESSION ON DECLASSIFICA...
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APPENDIX D COMMITTEE ON DECLASSIFICATION OF INFORMATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGYS ENVIRONMENTAL AND ...
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