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Friday, July 28 • 8:30am - 9:45am
302 - Declassification Across Presidencies: Policy and Practice in the Obama and Trump Administrations

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Declassification in the federal government is governed largely by executive order, which traditionally is modified--sometimes dramatically--by each new presidential administration. Declassification also occurs through the publication of the Foreign Relations of the United States series at the Department of State, the publication of which is required by law. Declassification specialists discuss the state of declassification policy and practice in different agencies and initiatives across two presidential administrations.

Moderator: William Carpenter
Commentator: William Burr


William Carpenter

Information Security Oversight Office, National Archives and Records Administration
William C. Carpenter is a senior program analyst at the Information Security Oversight Office at NARA, where he works on declassification policy and leads the staff of the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel.


Carl Ashley

Chief, Declassification Division, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State
Since October 2010, Dr. Ashley has been responsible for managing the declassification of the "Foreign Relations of the United States" (FRUS) historical series, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign policy. He holds a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America (2003... Read More →
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Joseph Scanlon

FOIA/Privacy Act Officer, National Archives and Records Administration
Joseph A. Scanlon has been the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act Officer of the National Archives and Records Administration since November 2010. Mr. Scanlon also serves as NARA's Alternate Liaison to the Interagency Security Classification Appeal Panel (ISCAP... Read More →

Kevin Tiernan

Chief, Records and FOIA Unit, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Kevin Tiernan supervises the Records and FOIA Unit in DOJ's National Security Division. Before joining DOJ in 2005 he was an appraisal archivist in NARA's Lifecycle Management Division and a staff member of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board.


William Burr

Senior Analyst, National Security Archive
William Burr (Ph.D. history, N. Ill. Univ.) directs the nuclear history documentation project at the National Security Archive. In 2015 the Univ. Press of Kansas published Nixon's Nuclear Specter: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War, co-written with J... Read More →

Friday July 28, 2017 8:30am - 9:45am PDT
Oregon BR 201 Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232