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June 1, 2010

National Archives to host June 23rd Public Forum on Prioritization Plan for the National Declassification Center

Washington, DC…On Wednesday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m., the National Archives will hold an open public forum to discuss the draft prioritization plan for the National Declassification Center (NDC) at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero will serve as moderator.

This forum is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Attendees should register by June 18, 2010, by calling 301-837-0587. Leave your name, e-mail address, and phone number or e-mail ndc@nara.gov.

The plan will serve as a roadmap for the NDC to declassify and process for release Federal records and presidential materials. The meeting will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, 700 Constitution Avenue, NW, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events Entrance at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue.

A copy of the plan may be found online [http://www.archives.gov/declassification/prioritization-plan.html].

The National Declassification Center, located at the National Archives College Park, MD, facility, was established in accordance with Executive Order 13526, by Archivist David S. Ferriero on December 30, 2009. Its mission is to align people, processes, and technologies to advance the declassification and public release of historically valuable permanent records while maintaining national security. The initial focus will be to clear the backlog of referrals in reviewed documents both in Federal records and in Presidential materials. The National Declassification Center's web site is http://www.archives.gov/declassification/.

Advance comments about the Plan are welcome. Comments may be posted on the NDC blog [http://blogs.archives.gov/ndc] or sent by e-mail to ndc@nara.gov. The comments will be summarized at the June 23 meeting.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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