House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) this week asked the National Archives to determine whether the CIA’s destruction of two videotapes of interrogations of terrorism subjects violated provisions of the Federal Records Act.
The Office of the Vice President is not an “agency” for purposes of Executive Order (EO) 12958 on security classification. Therefore its classification and declassification activity no longer need be reported to the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), the Justice Department finally informed ISOO Director Bill Leonard in a newly disclosed letter.
Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein (D-CA) this week proposed a $45 million public/private matching program for the Smithsonian Institution that would be dedicated solely to facilities maintenance and revitalization projects. Under the new Legacy Fund proposal, if the Smithsonian raised $30 million in private funds, the federal government would match those donations with $15 million additional federal dollars.
This week, the Congress and the White House remained deadlocked in their annual game of chicken over the passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 federal budget. The Democratic leadership in both houses will attempt next week to pass omnibus spending legislation that includes all eleven remaining appropriations bills. Congress recently passed another continuing resolution that funds federal agencies at last year’s spending levels through December 21.
The National Archives and Records Administration announced this week that the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) system has passed a significant milestone, with the successful completion of government testing of the first delivery of software from the developer, Lockheed Martin Corporation. When completed, the ERA will provide the means for preserving virtually any kind of electronic record, free from dependence on any specific hardware or software.
Citing “reduced resources” the Central Intelligence Agency anticipates declining productivity in its declassification program, according to a newly disclosed declassification plan. Between 1995 and 2006, CIA reviewed nearly 97 million pages of 25-year old documents and released 30 million pages, the Agency reported. But that level of activity is unlikely to be sustained.