Executive Order 13292

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Executive Order 13292 was signed by President George W. Bush on March 25, 2003. The order is an amendment to Bill Clinton's Executive Order 12958 of April 17, 1995. Executive Order 13292 effectively tightens controls on the classification of national security information, and is a significant reversal of policies established under Executive Order 12958.

In November 2001 President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13233, which allowed sitting presidents to deny release of the records of prior administrations regardless of the wishes of the president who generated those papers. This rule was strengthened by President Bush's Executive Order 13292 by further restricting access to sensitive national security information in presidential papers.


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