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Eric R. Biel, Staff Director
Jacques A. Rondeau, Deputy Staff Director
Sheryl L. Walter, General Counsel
Joan Vail Grimson, Counsel for Security Policy
Thomas L. Becherer, Research and Policy Director
Cathy A. Bowers, Senior Professional Staff
Gary H. Gower, Senior Professional Staff
John R. Hancock, Senior Professional Staff
Michael D. Smith, Senior Professional Staff
Sally H. Wallace, Senior Professional Staff
Michael J. White, Senior Professional Staff
Carole J. Faulk, Administrative Officer
Paul A. Stratton, Administrative Officer (1995)
Maureen Lenihan, Research Associate
Terence P. Szuplat, Research Associate
Pauline M. Treviso, Research Associate
March 3, 1997
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We hereby transmit the report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy.
The Commission was created under Title IX of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 (P.L. 103-236) to conduct "an investigation into all matters in any way related to any legislation, executive order, regulation, practice, or procedure relating to classified information or granting security clearances" and to submit a final report containing recommendations covering these areas. The Commission's investigation was the first authorized by statute to examine government secrecy in 40 years, and only the second ever.
The Commission's report is unanimous. It contains recommendations for actions by the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch, with the object of protecting and reducing secrecy in an era when open sources make a plenitude of information available as never before in history.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
[identical letters were sent to Speaker Newt Gingrich, House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle]
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