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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 75 (Monday, April 20, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Page 21704]
[FR Doc No: 2015-09022]


CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY


Notice of Decennial Review of Operational Files Designations

AGENCY: Central Intelligence Agency.

    Authority: 50 U.S.C 3141

SUMMARY: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA or Agency) is soliciting 
comments regarding the historical value of, or other public interest 
in, the CIA files designated by the Director of the Central 
Intelligence Agency (DCIA) pursuant to the CIA Information Act of 1984.

DATES: Comments must be received by 1 May 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments in writing to Joseph W. Lambert, Director, 
Information Management Services, Central Intelligence Agency, 
Washington, DC 20505, or by fax to (703) 613-3020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph W. Lambert, Director, 
Information Management Services, Central Intelligence Agency, telephone 
703-613-1379.

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    The CIA Information Act of 1984, codified in section 3141 of title 
50 of the United States Code, authorizes the DCIA to exempt operational 
files of the CIA from the publication, disclosure, search, and review 
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. The statute defines 
operational files as:
    1. Files of the National Clandestine Service that document the 
conduct of foreign intelligence or counterintelligence operations or 
intelligence or security liaison arrangements or information exchanges 
with foreign governments or their intelligence or security services;
    2. Files of the Directorate of Science and Technology that document 
the means by which foreign intelligence or counterintelligence is 
collected through scientific and technical systems; and
    3. Files of the Office of Security that document investigations 
conducted to determine the suitability of potential foreign 
intelligence or counterintelligence sources; except that files that are 
the sole repository of disseminated intelligence are not operational 
files.
    The CIA Information Act of 1984 requires that, not less than once 
every ten years, the DCIA shall review the exemptions in force to 
determine whether such exemptions may be removed from any category of 
exempted files or any portion thereof. The last review was completed in 
April 2005. The following represents a summary of the general 
categories of operational files that have been maintained within the 
National Clandestine Service, the Directorate of Science and 
Technology, and the Office of Security since the first decennial 
review:
    1. Files of the National Clandestine Service that document the 
intelligence sources and methods associated with various operational 
and foreign liaison activities, that document the conduct and 
management of various operational and foreign liaison activities, and 
that document the assessment of the viability of potential operational 
and foreign liaison activities and potential intelligence sources and 
methods;
    2. Files of the Directorate of Science and Technology that document 
the use of scientific and technical systems in the conduct of and in 
support of various operational and intelligence collection activities;
    3. Files of the Office of Security that document various aspects of 
the investigations conducted to determine the suitability of potential 
foreign intelligence or counterintelligence sources proposed for use in 
various operational activities.
    The CIA is in the process of conducting the 2015 decennial review 
of its operational files to determine whether any of the previously 
designated files, or portions thereof, can be removed from any of the 
specified categories of exempted files. The CIA Information Act of 1984 
requires that the decennial review ``include consideration of the 
historical value or other public interest in the subject matter of the 
particular category of files or portions thereof and the potential for 
declassifying a significant part of the information contained 
therein.'' In accordance with this requirement, the CIA hereby solicits 
comments for the DCIA's consideration during the decennial review of 
the CIA's operational files regarding the historical value of, or other 
public interest in, the subject matter of these particular categories 
of files or portions thereof described above and the relationship of 
that historical value or other public interest to the removal of 
previously designated files or any portions thereof from such a 
classification.

    Dated: April 15, 2015.
Joseph W. Lambert,
Director, Information Management Services, CIA.
[FR Doc. 2015-09022 Filed 4-17-15; 8:45 am]
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