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Automatic Declassification

Administrative Law

Executive Order 12958, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1(d) (1995) (superseded)

“Automatic declassification” means the declassification of information based solely upon:
   (1) the occurrence of a specific date or event as determined by the original classification authority; or
   (2) the expiration of a maximum time frame for duration of classification established under this order.

Executive Order 13,526, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1 (e) (December 29, 2009)

For purposes of this order:
(e)  "Automatic declassification" means the declassification of information based solely upon:
(1)  the occurrence of a specific date or event as determined by the original classification authority; or
(2)  the expiration of a maximum time frame for duration of classification established under this order.