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Mandatory declassification review

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Mandatory declassification review provides direct, specific review for declassification of information when requested by the public.[1]

Overview Edit

The mandatory declassification review (MDR) process requires a review of specific classified national security information in response to a request seeking its declassification. The public must make MDR requests in writing and each request must contain sufficient specificity describing the record to allow an agency to locate the record with a reasonable amount of effort. MDR remains popular with some researchers as a less litigious alternative to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as amended. It is also used to seek the declassification of Presidential papers or records not subject to FOIA.

References Edit

  1. ISOO 2013 Annual Report to the President, at 7.

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