Pseudo-Classification of Executive Branch Documents: Problems with the Transportation Security Administration's Use of the Sensitive Security Information (SSI) Designation

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The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigates the vulnerabilities of Sensitive Security Information (SSI). Through its investigation, the Committee obtained witness testimony and documents that show possible misuse of SSI designation by TSA. The report finds the SSI Office struggled to carry out its statutory obligations effectively, resulting in inconsistencies that could be detrimental to the process for protecting sensitive information. TSA's use of SSI reveals a broader problem of pseudo-classification of information in federal departments and agencies. Limits on such labeling of information are needed to provide greater transparency and accountability to the public while promoting information security.
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