DOE MAINTAINS INCREASED INTELLIGENCE BUDGET SECRECY
The 9-11 Commission concluded last year that the best way to begin to
combat the excessive secrecy that has undermined the performance of
U.S. intelligence agencies would be to disclose the annual
intelligence budgets of those agencies, as well as their aggregate
total (9-11 Commission Final Report, p. 416).
But the Department of Energy, which always used to disclose the
budget of its small Office of Intelligence, has chosen to move in
the opposite direction.
For the second year in a row, DOE has classified its formerly
unclassified budget request for intelligence in budget documents
The last unclassified appropriation for DOE intelligence was in
Fiscal Year 2004, when the budget was $39,823,000, a minuscule
amount by U.S. intelligence standards.
Incredibly, although this FY 2004 figure can still be found on the
DOE budget web site (included in House Report 108-357), DOE now
claims that it too is classified information. The Department has
gone so far as to withhold the published figure from disclosure
under the Freedom of Information Act.
Previously, for more than a decade, the size of the DOE intelligence
budget was unclassified public information. Along with the State
Department's Intelligence and Research Bureau, DOE intelligence was
one of the few intelligence community components to have an
"The DOE intelligence budget does not disclose any classified
information," advised John G. Keliher, then-Director of the DOE
Office of Nonproliferation and National Security, in a June 24, 1994
letter he wrote on the subject.
"National security is neither threatened nor damaged as a result of
the unclassified [DOE] intelligence budget released to the public,"
But that was then. According to one DOE official, the Central
Intelligence Agency directed the Department to cease publishing its
intelligence budget total. That assertion, not for attribution,
could not be independently confirmed.
Several annual DOE intelligence budget requests dating from before
the big chill set in may be found here:
"The [DOE] intelligence program provides information and technical
analyses on international arms proliferation, foreign nuclear
programs, and other energy related matters to policy makers in the
Department and other U.S. government agencies," according to last
year's DOE appropriations bill.
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2005, Issue No. 14
February 7, 2005
NEW ARMY CBW CLASSIFICATION GUIDE
The U.S. Army last week issued revised guidance on the classification
of chemical and biological weapons-related research and defense, a
field which is unclassified in large part.
See Army Regulation 380-86, "Classification of Former Chemical
Warfare, Chemical and Biological Defense, and Nuclear, Biological,
Chemical Contamination Survivability Information," 1 February 2005:
Unrelated, but of interest to some, another newly updated Army
regulation describes in painstaking detail the proper manner of
wearing Army uniforms along with their diverse insignia and
See Army Regulation 670-1, "Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and
Insignia," 3 February 2005 (362 pages, 2.9 MB PDF file):
NEW FROM CRS
Some new reports from our friends at the Congressional Research
Service include the following.
"Continuity of Operations (COOP) in the Executive Branch: Issues in
the 109th Congress," January 31, 2005:
"The Middle East Peace Talks," updated February 1, 2005:
"Tsunamis: Monitoring, Detection, and Early Warning Systems," January
Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists.
To SUBSCRIBE to Secrecy News, send an email message to [email protected] with "subscribe" (without quotes) in the body of the message.
To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a blank email message to [email protected].
OR email your request to [email protected]
Secrecy News is archived at:
Secrecy News has an RSS feed at: