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Press Release ยท Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel

c/o Information Security Oversight Office
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W., Room 18N
Washington, D. C. 20408
Telephone 202/219-5250
Fax: 202 219-5385
E-mail: iscap@nara.gov

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Roslyn A. Mazer, Chair

MEMBERS

DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE
Jennifer A. Carrano

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
J. William Leonard

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
Michael J. Kurtz

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
William H. Leary

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Frank M. Machak

Executive Secretary
Steven Garfinkel
Director, Information Security Oversight Office

Press Release
October 11, 2000
Federal Panel Declassifies Selected Historically Valuable Documents Accomplishments Acknowledged by President Clinton in Oval Office Ceremony

On September 29, 2000, members of the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) presented President Bill Clinton with its fourth communiqué, covering its activities from October 1999 through September 2000. Joined by the Panel's Executive Secretary and staff of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), the Panel's work was recognized by the President in an Oval Office ceremony. President Clinton commended the Panel's work and thanked each member and the ISOO staff for their efforts to implement Section 5.4 of Executive Order 12958, "Classified National Security Information."

ISCAP's newest communiqué shows that the Panel has reversed agency classification decisions and declassified information in the majority of the appeals it considered for the fourth straight year. Since it first convened, ISCAP -- which resolves appeals of Executive Branch decisions on classification -- declassified information in the case of 174 of the 218 historically valuable documents upon which it has voted. ISCAP has upheld Executive Branch classification decisions in their entirety in 44 instan