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National Academy of Sciences Study of the Department of Energy's Declassification Policies and Procedures

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


National Academy of Sciences Study of the Department of Energy's Declassification Policies and Procedures

Table of Contents

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Background
Benefit
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
Contact
Questions and Answers

The Department of Energy is sponsoring an objective look at the Department of Energy's declassification and classification processes and policies in light of the changing world situation. The study is being performed by the National Academy of Sciences through a Committee on Declassification of Information for the Department of Energy's Environmental Remediation and Related Programs. This committee is composed of eminent scientists and other distinguished individuals.

Specifically

Background

Benefit

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. Who is on the National Academy of Science's Committee on Declassification?

A. The following individuals (list includes name, employment affiliation, and area of expertise) are serving on the Committee on Declassification of Information for the Department of Energy's Environmental Remediation and Related Programs:

Richard A. Meserve, Committee Chairman, Covington & Burling (law/physics)
Dean E. Abrahamson, University of Minnesota (publichealth/medicine)
Lynda L. Brothers, Davis, Wright, and Tremaine(environmental law)
Thomas A. Cotton, J. K. Research Associates(public relations)
Paul P. Craig, University of California, Davis(environmental science/technology)
George Ferguson, Howard University(retired) (nuclear physics/engineering)
H. Jack Geiger, City University of New York Medical School (public health/medicine)
Michele S. Gerber,Westinghouse Hanford Company (history)
William Happer, Jr., Princeton University (research and development)
Konrad B. Krauskopf, Stanford University (environmental science/technology)
Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky,Stanford University (nuclear physics/engineering)
Richard B. Setlow,Brookhaven National Laboratory (biophysics)
Patricia Woolf, Princeton University (public affairs)

Q. Are any limits placed on what the National Academy of Science's Committee on Declassification can study?

A. No. The committee is looking at whatever they consider appropriate, ranging from routine administrative procedures concerning the declassification of documents to the fundamental legal basis for the Restricted Data classification system.

Q. Will the National Academy of Sciences report be available to the public, and what will the Department of Energy do with their recommendations?

A. When the report has been presented to Secretary O'Leary, it will be made available to the public. Secretary O'Leary will review the recommendations and determine the best means for implementation. Some of the recommendations may require legislative changes that would require Congressional action.

Q. How does the National Academy of Sciences study relate to the Department of Energy's July 4, 1992, Classification Policy Study and the Fundamental Review of the Department of Energy's classification policy?

A. The National Academy of Sciences was provided with copies of the Classification Policy Study for their consideration, and it is likely that some of their recommendations will be based on the recommendations of that study. The National Academy of Sciences' study is expected to be of great assistance to the Fundamental Review of the Department's classification policy.


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