Michael Binder, Technical Advisor, Air Force Declassification Office
Open for discussion/debate
- Seeking Additional Presenters
- Seeking Specific Expertise
- Seeking General Feedback and Interest
- Government Historians
While Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches have documented their activities over centuries, compiling their voluminous history is permissive and could be halted at any time. There is a smaller but still substantial block of history which is not at all elective. This session will present several examples of mandatory historical recordation that government historians have no choice but to perform due to statute, executive order, or litigation.
This proposal is presented on behalf of the NCPH Government Historians Committee; chair of the session is open.
Many public historians may be unfamiliar with what can be called mandatory history. To remedy this situation, we seek government historians, and history-oriented lawyers, who have worked under the force of law and are willing to speak about it. Specific topics include the following:
– environmental litigation (asbestos, lead, etc.)
– water rights adjudication
– FOIA (including litigation) and Mandatory Declassification Review
– Congressional Inquiries
– FRUS compilation
– automatic declassification
– security reviews of pre-publication manuscripts
and other similar subjects.
If you have a direct offer of assistance, sensitive criticism, or wish to pass along someone’s contact information confidentially, please get in contact directly: Michael Binder, [email protected]
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