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U.S. Department of State: Freedom of Information Act
Freedom of Information Act

Mandatory Declassification Review

Under the provisions of Executive Order 13526 (which replaced Executive Order 12958 and its amendments) an individual may request the declassification review of specific classified material that (s)he is able to identify so that the agency may retrieve it with reasonable effort. MDR is appropriate for any classified materials including Presidential Papers which are not subject to the FOIA.

Please Note

If you would like to file a request for mandatory declassification review, you should specifically mention MDR under E.O. 13526, and not the Freedom of Information or Privacy Acts.

More information is available in the Information Access Guide and 22 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 171, Subpart C – Executive Order 12958 Provisions. You may also wish to view Executive Order 13526 "Classified National Security Information".

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