National Declassification Center November 2011 Conference

Today’s post comes to us from NDC blogger Neil Carmichael.

The National Declassification Center will be holding a declassification conference from November 7 – 10, 2011, at the National Archives II at College Park.  The theme of the conference is “Releasing and Protecting National Security Information through Declassification.”  The conference is in keeping with the NDC’s mandate to develop effective, transparent, and standard declassification work processes, training, and quality assurance measures.  The goals of the conference are to enhance our communities’ protection of national security information, promote cohesion and common methodology among declassification professionals and foster a greater understanding of our individual and collective responsibility to protect national classified information during the records management lifecycle through purposeful and deliberate declassification guidance.  In an effort to ensure that each presentation is focused, relevant, and an efficient use of conference time, NDC has asked each agency to review its training program in concert with specific presenter objectives:

Explain how to identify your agency’s national security information that may contain confidential human, human intelligence source, or key design concepts of weapons of mass destruction.

Discuss how your agency controls and declassifies Foreign Government Information (FGI), to include NATO information.

Identify your agency’s recent classified sensitivities needing further exemptions or referral from 1980-1990.

Explain how your agency’s classified information, which must be referred or exempted, may be used by other executive branch departments and agencies.

Discuss how records management life cycle improves your agency’s classification management and declassification programs.

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