Wednesday, September 29, 2010

HR 553 Passed in Senate and House

On Monday the Senate passed with amendment HR 553, the Reducing Over-Classification Act by unanimous consent. The amendment is essentially the same one that was proposed as substitute language in the report on the bill provided by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Oversight Committee. I reported on the details of that change in an earlier blog posting. Among other things, this bill will require DHS to produce unclassified versions of their intelligence reports to make it easier to share counter-terrorist intelligence with State and local governments as well as with potentially affected private sector entities.

Subsequently, on Tuesday the House concurred with the Senate amendment on a voice vote and the bill has been sent to President Obama for signature.

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