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The National Security Council was established by the National Security Act of 1947 (PL 235 - 61 Stat. 496; U.S.C. 402), amended by the National Security Act Amendments of 1949 (63 Stat. 579; 50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.). Later in 1949, as part of the Reorganization Plan, the Council was placed in the Executive Office of the President.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Security Council (NSC) propose to remove their regulation on Emergency Restoration Priority Procedures for Telecommunications Services. The information in this regulation is no longer relevant or timely as it has been superseded by National Communications System (NCS) Directive...
Freedom of Information Act Requests for Classified Documents Processing, Fees, Reports, Applicable Material, Declassification Criteria, Partial Release
This action removes the National Security Council regulations for processing FOIA requests for classified documents. The National Security Council is an entity within the Executive Office of the President that exists solely to advise and assist the President in the discharge of his constitutionally based responsibilities over the national...
The NSC is today publishing a Removal of Final Rule in the Federal Register that removes the NSC regulations for processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for NSC records. Although NSC records are no longer subject to disclosure under the FOIA, a Presidential Memorandum of March 24, 1994, directed the NSC to establish procedures for...