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Sen. Shaheen Pushes White House on Declassification

Last week, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) urged President Obama to follow the recommendations of a congressionally appointed board tasked with evaluating the government’s classification system, according to an article in The Huffington Post.

The board recommended a new working group to evaluate efforts to fix the classification system, a proposal which the Project On Government Oversight supports.

From Shaheen’s letter to President Obama:

Secrecy in our government should be limited, and used only when absolutely necessary to protect our national interest. The inability of our current systems to manage data associated with modern security operations has not only resulted in excessive cost to the tax-payer, it has also created a culture of secrecy that is antithetical to our democratic traditions and undermines public confidence in our institutions.

Read more at The Huffington Post.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Open Government

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