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Draft Public Guidelines on Department of Energy Classification of Information

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC 20585


Draft Public Guidelines on Department of Energy Classification of Information

Table of Contents

Specifically
Background
Benefits
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
Contact
Questions and Answers

The Department of Energy is releasing today for public use a draft unclassified description of present classification guidelines concerning nuclear weapons related information. Today's release of the draft classification guidelines are a result of requests by the public for unclassified guidelines. However, it is necessarily incomplete; some of the information required to make the guidance fully specific is sufficiently sensitive that its publication would contribute to proliferation of nuclear weapons, whether initial acquisition or improvements to existing capabilities.

Specifically

This draft "Public Guidelines to Department of Energy Classification of Information" gives the most specific detailed public description possible of information that the Department of Energy has determined must continue to be protected under law, treaty, and regulation from potential adversaries, proliferants, and terrorists in the interest of national security. Public comments on this draft document are requested.

Background

Benefits

Who Are the Key Stakeholders?

Contact

U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Sam Grizzle
(202) 586-5806


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Press Secretary, Washington, DC 20585


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. Why not provide copies of actual classification guides -- expurgated, if necessary?

A. The classification guides contain classified or sensitive information and expurgated versions would not make sense.

Q. Why not save time and expense by declassifying information once it reaches a certain age?

A. This is not practicable since proliferants are targeting old information by U.S. standards to assist their weapons program.

Q. How long will the public have to comment on the classification guidelines and what will the Department of Energy do with the public comments? (NN-521)

A. The public will have 90 days and the comments will be discussed, evaluated, and incorporated into the final policy, where practicable, under current law, treaty, and regulation.

Q. Is this guideline being coordinated with the Department of Energy's Fundamental Review of classification policy?

A. Yes. We plan to use the public's comments on the draft public guidelines to assist in finalizing the guide and for consideration in undertaking the fundamental review of classification policy.

Q. Whom should I contact to give comments on the classification guidelines?

A. U.S. Department of Energy
Attn: A. Bryan Siebert
NN-52/GTN
Washington, D.C. 20585


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