NARA and Declassification

The National Declassification Center (NDC)

NDC - Releasing All We Can, Protecting What We Must

The NDC released its latest Bi-annual Report:

  • Bi-annual Report on Operations of the National Declassification Center (January 1, 2014 - July 31, 2014)   [ PDF Format ]

The NDC has released a listing of 62 entriesExcel document that have completed declassification processing between December 1 and February 6, 2015 and are now available for researcher request. This release consists of records from both military and civilian agencies.

Requests to access the newly released records or to order copies should be directed to Archives 2 Reference at 301-837-3510 or

(When making a request, please cite the HMS Entry and Series Title.)

Participate in the NDC Prioritization Plans:

The National Declassification Center (NDC) was created when President Obama signed the new Executive Order released by the White House on December 29, 2009.

NDC began operations in early January 2010 under the direction of Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services, Washington.  Initially, the NDC will focus on the following:

  • timely and appropriate processing of referrals between agencies for accessioned Federal records and transferred Presidential Records;
  • general interagency declassification activities necessary to fulfill the requirements of sections 3.3 and 3.4 of this order;
  • the exchange among agencies of detailed declassification guidance to support equity recognition;
  • the development of effective, transparent, and standard declassification work processes, training, and quality assurance measures;
  • the development of solutions to declassification challenges posed by electronic records, special media, and emerging technologies;
  • the linkage and effective utilization of existing agency databases and the use of new technologies to support declassification activities under the purview of the Center

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