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Press Release
August 16, 2012

National Declassification Center Hosts Public Forum
August 29

NDC will assess its first two years, progress made

Washington, DC…The National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC) will host its third public forum on Wednesday, August 29, at 10 a.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. This event is free and open to the public. Please enter via the Special Events entrance on Constitution Ave. and 7th St., NW.

The forum’s theme is “NDC challenges at two years: what did we learn, and how are we moving forward?” NDC Director Sheryl Shenberger will update the public on declassification progress toward meeting the President’s goal of eliminating the backlog of unprocessed classified records by December 31, 2013. She will also discuss the fifth Bi-annual Report on Operations of the National Declassification Center [www.archives.gov/declassification/reports].

Two inter-agency panels will address NDC’s progress over the past two years. National Archives staff will update the public on standardized declassification training and changes to declassification policy. The forum will conclude with a question and answer session with members of the public.

For additional information or to submit questions in advance question, contact Don McIlwain [don.mcilwain@nara.gov] or (301) 837-0587.

The National Declassification Center at the National Archives at College Park was established under Executive Order 13526 on December 30, 2009. The NDC’s mission is to align people, processes, and technologies to advance the declassification and public release of historically valuable permanent records while maintaining national security. For more information see the National Declassification Center’s website [www.archives.gov/declassification].

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at www.archives.gov.

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