Security Classification Policy and Procedure: E.O. 12958, as Amended
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Largely prescribed in a series of successive presidential executive orders issued over the past 50 years, security classification policy and procedure provide the rationale and arrangements for designating information officially secret for reasons of national security, and for its declassification as well. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first executive order E.O. 8381 in 1940. Current security classification policy may be found in Executive Order 12958, which was signed by President William Clinton on April 17, 1995. It prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information. As issued, E.O. 12958 declared, If there is significant doubt about the need to classify information, it shall no Additionally, the order stated If there is significant doubt about the appropriate level of classification, it shall be classified at the lower level.
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