The United States
Mint has been granted an exemption for 75-year-old classified
information involving the Fort Knox Bullion Depository.
Stephen Aftergood reports on the Federation of
American Scientists website that a notice released the first
week of September by the Information Security Oversight Office announced
the Mint was granted approval to exempt certain 75-year-old classified
information from automatic declassification.
That exemption involves the Fort Knox Bullion Depository, completed
in December 1936.
To get that special exemption from automatic declassification for
information that is at least 50 years old requires approval from the
Interagency Security Classification Appeals
Panel, pursuant to President Obama's 2009 Executive Order 13526.
Aftergood reports, citing ISOO Director John P. Fizpatrick, that
"the U.S. Mint declassification exemption, 'which is perhaps the
most [narrowly] targeted of all ISCAP-approved exemptions,' applies
solely to 'security specifications from the U.S. Bullion Depository at
Fort Knox, which was built in the lates 1930s.' "
The ISOO is responsible to the president for policy and oversight of
the government-wide security classification system and the National Industrial Security Program. The NISP
was established in 1993 under Executive Order 12829. The ISOO is a component
of the National
Archives and Records Administration.