C4.3.1. The Automatic Declassification System
C18.104.22.168. Executive Order 12958 (reference
(e)) established a system for declassification of information in
permanently valuable historical records (as defined by Title 44, U.S. Code
(p))) 25 years from the date of original classification. This system
shall be applied to existing records over a 5-year period beginning with the
effective date of the Order (14 October 1995), and shall apply after that to
all permanently valuable historical records as they become 25 years old.
Only the Secretary of Defense and the
Secretaries of the Military Departments may exempt information from this
automatic declassification under certain circumstances. Information exempted
from automatic declassification at 25 years remains subject to the mandatory
and systematic declassification review provisions of this Regulation.
C22.214.171.124. In accordance with the Executive Order, the
Secretary of Defense and the Secretaries of the Military Departments have
identified specific file series that are exempt from the 25-year automatic
declassification, and have notified the President of these exemptions.
Information in these file series shall not be subject to this automatic
declassification system unless an Agency head specifically decides to remove
the series from the exempted category. Information not contained within
these file series shall be automatically declassified at 25 years unless
specific information is exempted by an Agency head in accordance with
C126.96.36.199. By April 17, 2000, the Heads of DoD Components shall
ensure the declassification of information that:
C188.8.131.52.1. Is contained in records that have permanent
historical value under Title 44 of the U.S. Code (reference
C184.108.40.206.2. Has not been exempted from automatic
declassification at 25 years; and
C220.127.116.11.3. Will reach the 25th anniversary of its
classification by that date. Declassification operations will be in
accordance with plans submitted to the Director of the Information
Security Oversight Office in compliance with Subsection 3.4(e) of E.O.
12958, reference (e).
C18.104.22.168. Information contained in records not determined to
be permanently valuable and not scheduled for disposal or retention by the
National Archives is not subject to automatic declassification. Agency
retention and destruction requirements apply.