Alternate Title: EO 12968: Access to Classified Information
"The national interest requires that certain information be maintained in confidence through a system of classification in order to protect our citizens, our democratic institutions, and our participation within the community of nations. The unauthorized disclosure of information classified in the national interest can cause irreparable damage to the national security and loss of human life. Security policies designed to protect classified information must ensure consistent, cost effective, and efficient protection of our Nation's classified information, while providing fair and equitable treatment to those Americans upon whom we rely to guard our national security. This order establishes a uniform Federal personnel security program for employees who will be considered for initial or continued access to classified information."
Executive Order 12968; EO 12968
Federal Register: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR
Federal Register (August 7, 1995), v.60 no.151, p.40245-40254