Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Transparency for and public involvement in classification and Controlled Unclassified Information reviews

Yesterday President Obama directed an examination of classification policy overseen by the National Security Advisor and assigned the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security with examining the information sharing problems associated with sensitive controlled unclassified information (CUI). Nothing in yesterday's presidential memorandum addresses public involvement in either of these processes. I recommend therefore that each of these reviews include opportunities for the submission of public recommendations and for public comment on proposals for classification and CUI. In addition, there should be transparency about the schedule for and participants in these reviews. These processes should be infused with the principles expressed in President Obama's January 21 Open Government Memorandum.

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Idea No. 910