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Declassification of Documents Turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration

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


Declassification of Documents Turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration

Table of Contents

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

In keeping with the Administration's policy on openness, the Department of Energy and the National Archives and Records Administration are working together to release more historical documents to the public. This will provide the public with greater insight into the history of the Department of Energy and its predecessors.

Specifically

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. Who were the stakeholders mentioned as participating in the January 27, 1994, meeting which set the priorities for document reviews at the National Archives?

A. The stakeholders associated with the National Archives meeting consisted of historians, archivists, researchers, professional associations and public interest groups who are regular users of the Archives. The National Archives made up the list of stakeholders based on their experience with these organizations and individuals. The main concerns of the stakeholders involved exploring various ways to accelerate the review of Department of Energy documents the National Archives.

Q. How long will it take for the Department of Energy reviewers to complete the review of all Department of Energy documentation at the National Archives?

A. The Department of Energy review effort at the National Archives is envisioned as a permanent presence due to the continued acquisition of documents.

Q. The documents sent to the Archives are 30-years old; why can't they be declassified by signing a document that declassifies all documents over 30-years old?

A. A portion of the documents at the archives are known to contain nuclear weapon information that would be extremely valuable to our adversaries, proliferants, or terrorists and must continue to be classified in accordance with current laws, treaties, and regulations.

Q. What good does it do to restrict the release of nuclear weapon information? Obviously, based on recent events involving Iraq and North Korea, nuclear weapon design information is already available to whoever really wants it.

A. The recent events show that nuclear nonproliferation is of paramount concern to the United States. We must protect nuclear weapon design information and prohibit its release to potential adversaries, terrorists, and proliferants.

Q. Why can't additional reviewers be assigned to the National Archives and Records Administration until October 1994?

A. While it is our intent to provide additional reviewers at the National Archives and Records Administration as soon as possible, this requirement must be met during a time when additional resources are also being applied to other high priority Openness Initiatives such as human experimentation document reviews and environmental, safety, and health reviews. We anticipate six qualified reviewers will be assigned to the National Archives and Records Administration by October 1994.

Q. Can you provide information on how to provide stakeholder input to this process?

A. Anyone who desires information on how to provide stakeholder input to the Department of Energy document review process should write to:

Marjorie Ciarlante
Civil Reference Branch
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, D.C. 20408


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