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Improving Public Access to Declassified Documents

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


Improving Public Access to Declassified Documents

Table of Contents

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

To support the Department of Energy's Openness Initiative, an efficient and cost effective mechanism to provide public access to declassified documents is being established. This is consistent with concerns from many stakeholders that they need improved access in order to locate declassified documents.

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. What are the potential benefits of a centralized bibliographic database of declassified documents?

A. Public benefits:

Government benefits:

Q. What database information will initially be loaded?

A. We anticipate that the document information contained in a database held by the Coordination and Information Center at Las Vegas, Nevada, will initially be included. This database, while not comprehensive, primarily contains declassified atmospheric test-related data on radioactivity releases. Other existing data bases will be included as resources permit, followed by loading of newly generated information.

Q. What information will be available?

A. The document title, author, date, location of document, type of document, number of pages, report number (if any), instructions for requesting the document, and sometimes a general subject area (i.e., atmospheric testing, human radiation exposure, etc.).

Q. How can we search the database?

A. You will be able to search the database using any of the information groups such as general topic, author, date, location, etc., as well as by a search of the title or general subject area.

Q. How can we request an available document?

A. The database itself will contain information about how to order a document. As soon as the database is available, we intend to make a public announcement to communicate database access procedures.


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