Press Release
Press Release · Thursday, August 14, 1997

Press Release
August 14, 1997
Information Security Oversight Office Releases Report to President

Washington, DC . . .The Information Security Oversight Office’s 1996 Report to the President is available for pick-up beginning today, (Thursday, August 14, 1997), in Room 100 of the National Archives Building, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

The Information Security Oversight Office, which is a component of the National Archives and Records Administration, oversees the security classification programs in both the Federal government and industry and reports to the President annually on their status. The 1996 Report focuses on security classification and declassification data throughout the executive branch of the Federal government during Fiscal Year 1996. Findings highlighted in the Report include:

  • The number of original classification authorities decreased by 959 to 4,420;
  • Reported original classification decisions decreased by more than 62,000 to 105,163;
  • In FY 1996, agencies declassified eight times the number of pages declassified in FY 1995.

    For further information, please contact Steven Garfinkel, ISOO Director, at (202) 219-5250. You may also request that a copy of the ISOO Report be mailed to you by calling that number.

    For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or e-mail Visit the National Archives Home Page on the World Wide Web at


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