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AGENCY:

Central Intelligence Agency.

ACTION:

Final rule.

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SUMMARY:

Consistent with Executive Order 13526, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has undertaken and completed a review of its public Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) regulations that govern certain aspects of its processing of MDR requests. As a result of this review, the Agency has revised its MDR regulations to more clearly reflect the current CIA organizational structure and policies and practices, and to eliminate ambiguous, redundant and obsolete regulatory provisions. This rule is being issued as a final rule without prior notice of proposed rulemaking as allowed by the Administrative Procedure Act for rules of agency procedure and interpretation.

DATES:

Effective September 23, 2011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Joseph W. Lambert, (703) 613-1379.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Consistent with Executive Order 13526, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has undertaken and completed a review of its public Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) regulations that govern certain aspects of its processing of MDR requests. As a result of this review, the Agency has revised its MDR regulations to more clearly reflect the current CIA organizational structure and policies and practices, and to eliminate ambiguous, redundant and obsolete regulatory provisions. This rule is being issued as a final rule without prior notice of proposed rulemaking as allowed by the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A) for rules of agency procedure and interpretation.

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List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 1908

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Accordingly, the CIA is amending 32 CFR part 1908 as follows:

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PART 1908—PUBLIC REQUESTS FOR MANDATORY DECLASSIFICATION REVIEW OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION PURSUANT TO SEC. 3.5 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 13526

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1. The authority citation for part 1908 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: Executive Order 13526 75 FR 707, 3 CFR 2010 Comp., p. 298-327 (or successor orders).

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2. Revise the part heading to read as set forth above.

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3. Revise § 1908.01 to read as follows:

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Authority and purpose.

(a) Authority: This part is issued under the authority of and in order to implement section 3.5 of E.O. 13526 (or successor Orders); the CIA Information Act of 1984), as amended (50 U.S.C. 431; section 102 of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended (50 U.S.C. 403); and section 6 of the CIA Act of 1949, as amended (5 U.S.C. 403g).

(b) Purpose: This part prescribes procedures, subject to limitations set forth below, for members of the public to request a declassification review of information classified under the Executive Order 13526 or predecessor Orders. Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526 and these regulations are not intended to and do not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the United States, its agencies, officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

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4. In § 1908.02, revise paragraphs (d) and (l), and add paragraph (m) to read as follows:

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Definitions.
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(d) Coordinator means the CIA Information and Privacy Coordinator who serves as the Agency manager of the information review and release program instituted under the mandatory declassification review provisions of Executive Order 13526;

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(l) The Order means Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009 and published at 75 FR 707 (or successor Orders);

(m) Agency Release Panel (ARP) refers to the Agency's forum for reviewing information review and release policy, the adequacy of resources available to all Agency declassification and release programs, and hearing appeals in accordance with this section.

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5. Revise § 1908.04 as follows:

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Suggestions and complaints.

The Agency welcomes suggestions, comments, or complaints with regard to its administration of the mandatory declassification review program established under Executive Order 13526. Members of the public shall address such communications to the CIA Information and Privacy Coordinator. The Agency will respond as determined feasible and appropriate under the circumstances.

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6. Revise § 1908.12 to read as follows:

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Exceptions.

Mandatory Declassification Review requests will not be accepted from an individual who is not a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, nor from a foreign government entity or any representative thereof. Declassification review requests will not be accepted for documents required to be submitted for prepublication review or other administrative process pursuant to an approved nondisclosure agreement; for information that is the subject of pending litigation; nor for any document or material containing information contained within an operational file exempted from search and review, publication, and disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. If the Agency has reviewed the requested information for declassification within the past two years, the Agency will not conduct another review, but the Coordinator will notify requester of this fact, the prior review decision, and of applicable appeal rights pursuant to section 3.5(e) of the Order.

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7. Revise § 1908.13 to read as follows:

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Requirements as to form.

The request shall describe the document or material containing the information with sufficient specificity to enable the Agency to locate it with a reasonable amount of effort.

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8. Add § 1908.14 to read as follows:

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Fees.

(a) Form of payment. Fees may be paid in cash, by a check drawn on or money order made payable to the Treasurer of the United States.

(b) Reproduction fees. Requesters submitting requests via NARA or the various Presidential libraries or making requests directly to this Agency shall be responsible for reproduction costs as follows: Fifty cents per page and $10.00 per CD. There is a minimum fee of $15.00 per request for reproductions.

(c) Search and review fees. Requesters making requests directly to this agency also shall be liable for search and review fees as follows.

(d) Search fees. Applicable fees will be due even if our search locates no responsive information or some or all of the responsive information must be withheld under applicable authority.

(e) Computer searching. (1) Clerical/Technical—$20.00 per hour (or fraction thereof).

(2) Professional/Supervisory—$40.00 per hour (or fraction thereof).

(3) Manager/Senior Professional—$72.00 per hour (or fraction thereof).

(f) Manual searching. (1) Clerical/Technical—$20.00 per hour (or fraction thereof).

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(3) Manager/Senior Professional—$72.00 per hour (or fraction thereof).

(g) Document review. (1) Professional/Supervisory—$40.00 per hour (or fraction thereof).

(2) Manager/Senior Professional—$72.00 per hour (or fraction thereof).

(3) CIA will not charge review fees for time spent resolving general legal or policy issues regarding the responsive information.

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9. Remove and reserve § 1908.22.

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10. In § 1908.23, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows:

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Determination by originator or interested party.
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(b) Required determinations: These parties shall respond in writing to the Coordinator with a finding as to the classified status of the information, including the category of protected information as set forth in section 1.4 of the Order, and, if older than ten years, the basis for the extension of classification time under sections 1.5 and 3.3 of the Order. These parties shall also indicate whether withholding is otherwise authorized and warranted in accordance with sections 3.5(c) and 6.2(d) of the Order.

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11. Remove and reserve § 1908.24.

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12. Revise § 1908.33 to read as follows:

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Designation of authority to hear appeals.

(a) Appeals: Appeals of initial denial decisions under the Mandatory Declassification Request provisions of Executive Order 13526 shall be reviewed by the Agency Release Panel, which shall issue the final Agency decision.

(b) Membership: The Agency Release Panel (ARP) is chaired by the Chief, Information Review and Release Group and composed of the Information Review Officers from the various Directorates and the Director, Central Intelligence Agency area, as well as the representatives of the various release programs and offices. The Information and Privacy Coordinator also serves as Executive Secretary of the ARP.

(c) Decisions: The ARP shall meet on a regular schedule and may take action when a simple majority of the total membership is present. Issues shall be decided by a majority of the members present. Any member of the ARP disagreeing with the results of a vote may appeal the decision in writing to the Director, Information Management Services (D/IMS). The appeal shall set forth clearly and concisely the reasons D/IMS should reverse the ARP's decision. Upon receiving the written appeal, D/IMS shall have ten business days to affirm or reverse, in writing the APR's decision and shall so notify the appellant. In the event of a disagreement with any declassification and release decision by D/IMS, Directorate heads may appeal to the Associate Deputy Director of CIA (ADD) for resolution. The final Agency decision shall reflect the vote of the ARP, unless changed by the D/IMS or the ADD.

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13. Remove and reserve § 1908.35.

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14. Revise § 1908.36 to read as follows:

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Notification of decision and right of further appeal.

The Executive Secretary of the Agency Release Panel shall promptly prepare and communicate the final Agency decision to the requester, NARA, or the particular Presidential Library. That correspondence shall include a notice, if applicable, that an appeal of the decision may be made to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) established pursuant to section 5.3 of the Order.

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15. Revise § 1908.41 to read as follows:

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Right of Further Appeal.

A right of further appeal may be available to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel established pursuant to section 5.3 of the Order. Action by that Panel will be the subject of rules to be promulgated by the Information Security Oversight Office.

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Dated: August 10, 2011.

Joseph W. Lambert,

Director, Information Management Services.

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[FR Doc. 2011-21572 Filed 9-22-11; 8:45 am]

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