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ODNI Issues IC Transparency Implementation Plan; James Clapper Comments

James Clapper
James Clapper

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has unveiled an implementation plan for the Intelligence Community’s initiative to drive transparency in intelligence activities in support of the White House’s open government directive.

ODNI said Tuesday the Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the Intelligence Community seek to balance goals in public awareness and national security in relation to the release of intelligence information.

“[If] the American people don’t understand what we are doing, why it’s important and how we’re protecting their privacy and civil liberties, we will lose their confidence and that will affect our ability to perform our mission,” said DNI James Clapper.

Principles also cover the proactive release of relevant information to the public and the alignment of roles, policies, resources and processes across IC to facilitate transparency implementation.

ODNI’s implementation plan says the office’s challenges include an increased workload from external requests for information, unauthorized disclosures with incomplete or inaccurate information on intelligence activities and the technical nature of IC documents.

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