Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) to Hold Symposium on October 18
Press Release · Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Washington, DC

Classified National Security Information: The Vision, the Reality, the Future

Washington, DC…The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) will hold a symposium on classified national security information on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, which is located on Constitution Ave. at 9th St., NW, and is fully accessible. To attend this event, please contact ISOO at 202-219-5250 or send an e-mail to

This symposium marks the 10-year anniversary of Executive Order 12958, as amended, and will offer a retrospective regarding the original vision of this groundbreaking framework along with a review of its impact to date. The symposium will also assess remaining challenges to be overcome in order to fully implement the President's direction in this area.

Symposium highlights

Opening Remarks 9:05-9:10 A.M.
Professor Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States

Keynote Address 9:15-9:45 A.M.
The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton

Panel One: Classification 10-11:25 A.M.
Moderator: Rebecca Carr, Cox Newspapers
Panelists: Steven Aftergood, Senior Research Analyst, Federation of American Scientists
Lawrence J. Halloran, Staff Director and Counsel, Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, House of Representatives
Charles S. Phalen, Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation
Robert W. Rogalski, Department of Defense.

Panel Two: Declassification 11:35 A.M.-1 P.M.
Moderator: L. Britt Snider, formerly of the Central Intelligence Agency and currently the chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board
Panelists: Thomas S. Blanton, Executive Director, The National Security Archives, The George Washington University
Edmund Cohen, Chief, ISC/IMS, Central Intelligence Agency
Margaret P. Grafeld, Department of State
Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for the Office of Records Services-Washington, DC
Anna K. Nelson, American University and former board member of the United States Assassination Records Review Board.

ISOO is responsible to the President for policy and oversight of the Government-wide security classification system and the National Industrial Security Program. ISOO receives its authority from Executive Orders 12958 "Classified National Security Information" and 12829 "National Industrial Security Program", as amended. ISOO is a component of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and receives policy and program guidance from the National Security Council (NSC).

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Office at 202-501-5526.


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