Monday, May 5, 2014

OMB Announces Approval of DHS Classified Information Rule

On Friday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had approved for publication the DHS final rule on classified national security information. I suspect that this direct final rule will be published in the Federal Register later this week.

According to the listing in the Unified Agenda (RIN: 1601-AA68):

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is revising its procedures for managing classified national security information. DHS is updating its regulations to incorporate new and revised procedures pursuant to Executive Order 13526, ‘Classified National Security Information’.”

This will entail revisions of 6 CFR 7. Exactly what revisions were made is hard to say since there was no notice of proposed rulemakings (NPRM) associated with this rulemaking process.

There is apparently some level of political concern about this rulemaking as it was submitted to OIRA for review last November. 

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