THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ROSLYN A. MAZER TO CHAIR THE INTERAGENCY SECURITY CLASSIFICATION APPEALS PANEL
President Clinton announced today his intent to appoint Roslyn A. Mazer to Chair the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel.
Roslyn A. Mazer of Maryland currently serves as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the Department of Justice, and will continue in this position. Since October 1993, she has served as a member of the Administration's Judicial Selection Group, participating in all aspects of evaluation, nomination and confirmation of federal judicial candidates. She was also a member of the Justice Department's Committee which recommended changes in standards for classifying national security information. The new standards are enacted in Executive Order (E.O.) 12958, issued by President Clinton on April 17, 1995. The E.O. also establishes the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel.
The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel is comprised of senior level representatives appointed by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Director of Central Intelligence, the Archivist of the United States and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Each of the members will serve the panel on a part-time basis. The President appoints the Chair from among the members. The purpose of the panel is to hear appeals of agency decisions on mandatory declassification review requests. The panel also reviews challenges to classification decisions and an agency's determination to exempt 25-year-old information from automatic declassification. The panel took effect on October 14, 1995.