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Press Release
April 17, 2008

National Archives and CIA Sign MOU on Processing Federal Records

Washington, DC…The National Archives and Records Administration announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) describing the procedures and conditions that govern the treatment of CIA records once they are transferred to NARA’s legal custody. This agreement sets the stage for the transfer of the CIA’s permanent Federal records to the National Archives.

This MOU formalizes the procedures, in accordance with Executive Order 12958, as amended, and 44 U.S.C. 2108, that the National Archives and the CIA follow in reviewing for public disclosure Federal records within the National Archives legal custody. It will enable the Archives to process records that were generated by the CIA and other agencies and organizations that contain identifiable and classified CIA information more quickly.

In signing this agreement, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein said, “The National Archives is pleased to have reached this milestone with the CIA. We are confident that this will pave the way for greater cooperation between the two agencies and will ultimately result in many more CIA records being processed.”

The MOU is available onlineMOU is available online.

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