from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2016, Issue No. 6
January 15, 2016

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As a condition of gaining access to classified information, many government employees agree to submit to official pre-publication review of any public statement they wish to make that is related to their government employment.

This procedure has long been a source of conflict and controversy, but over time the pre-publication review process has become increasingly onerous, internally contradictory, and disruptive.

As part of an ongoing dialog on the subject, I offered some thoughts on "Fixing Pre-Publication Review: What Should Be Done?" on the Just Security blog.


Recent legislative provisions on intelligence policy are surveyed and cataloged in a newly updated Congressional Research Service report.

In the past two annual intelligence authorization bills, Congress enacted various directions and requirements concerning intelligence agency financial auditability, insider threats, contractor oversight, and many other topics. These are tabulated and reviewed in Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, updated January 12, 2016:

Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following.

U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation Following "El Chapo" Guzmán's January 2016 Recapture, CRS Insight, updated January 13, 2016:

Taiwan's January 2016 Elections: A Preview, CRS Insight, January 12, 2016:

Goldwater-Nichols and the Evolution of Officer Joint Professional Military Education (JPME), January 13, 2016:

Iran Sanctions, updated January 12, 2016:

Temporary Professional, Managerial, and Skilled Foreign Workers: Policy and Trends, January 13, 2016:

Hedge Funds and the Securities Exchange Act's Section 13(d) Reporting Requirements, CRS Legal Sidebar, January 13, 2016:

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act: History, Impact, and Issues, updated January 13, 2016:

Discretionary Spending Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), updated January 13, 2016:

EPA's Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants: Frequently Asked Questions, January 13, 2016:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Resources: Fact Sheet, January 11, 2016:

Criminal Justice Reform: One Judge's View, CRS Legal Sidebar, January 14, 2016:


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