Transforming Classification: An Introduction
Welcome to Transforming Classification, a blog sponsored by the Public Interest Declassification Board. President Obama has charged the Board with designing a more fundamental transformation of the security classification system. In response to his request, we are proposing new solutions that address the shortcomings of the current system and tackle the challenges of digital records. By reducing inefficiencies and increasing public access, our proposals aim to improve the classification/declassification’s system capacity to protect and serve the American people.
Every other Wednesday over the next eight weeks, we will post either two or three “white paper” synopses to the blog describing an element of our proposed transformation. White papers will address the following topics:
- Employ predictive analytics and context accumulation technology to encourage consistency in classification and efficiency in declassification
- Implement a universal metadata standard for classified electronic (e-) records and integrate information and records management functions with archival processing
- Systematize and prioritize the declassification review of Legislative records at the NDC
- Encourage policymakers to consider the advantages of not classifying certain categories of information or declassifying before prescribed deadlines
- Transfer agency declassification authority to the National Declassification Center (NDC) after declassification exemption timelines have lapsed
- Preposition topics of historical significance for declassification and underscore the importance of preserving agency contributions to national security history
- The role metadata and access controls can play in information security
- Converting certain categories of FRD to national security classified information after 25 years and allowing for its review for declassification
We encourage you to post your comments on these white papers under their respective threads and comment on the posts of others. Your thoughts and suggestions on these topics will be of great assistance to us as we finalize our proposals to the President.