National Archives Issues Proposed Rule on Declassification Procedures

A proposed new rule published for comment by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) last week would establish updated new procedures for the declassification of historical records containing national security information.

These changes

include establishing procedures for the automatic declassification of records in NARA’s legal custody and revising requirements for reclassification of information to meet the provisions of Executive Order 13526.

Public comments on the proposed NARA rule are due by September 6, 2011.

For an in-depth look at the proposed rule, click here to read analysis provided by Steven Aftergood at his Secrecy News blog.