Advisory Board Calls for Transformation of Info Classification System

December 6, 2012

A federal advisory board wants to winnow the national security classification system from three tiers of secrecy to two as a way to reduce unneeded secrecy.

Under the current system, in place since 1953, agencies classify information as top secret, secret or confidential. The new approach recommended by an advisory board created by Congress would divvy up classified information into two categories: top secret and “lower level.”

“We want to push the government out of its comfort zone to try to think through a new way of looking at this,” Nancy Soderberg, the chairman of the Public Interest Declassification Board, told reporters Wednesday.

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