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Redactions within some of the recently declassified Congressional documents (for example here) are entirely reasonable efforts to protect national security as provided by the Executive Order 13526. However, EO 13526 may not be directly applicable to legislative activities.

So, are there any written rules regarding Congressional documents specifically in regards to the names of authors ?

I offer this seemingly innocuous research report example:Intro to Legislative process Not only is the author's name redacted but also the names of people that were acknowledged as helping prepare this report. This report appears to be a civics lesson explaining the legislative process, so I suspect that the subject matter itself is not sensitive.

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    Personal information uniquely identifying a private figure is considered extremely sensitive in a number of jurisdictions. – origimbo May 4 '18 at 16:50
  • Origmbo, while true enough, othe CSR reports do identify authors. Regardless, I'm asking if there are any rules. – BobE May 5 '18 at 0:20
  • @BobE: That is a rule... if the name is not of a political person, it will be redacted out of privacy concerns. – hszmv May 8 '18 at 16:06
  • @hszmv, we'd had related discussion before and I appreciate your prior responses on compartmental designators, however I'm asking if there are any written rules. Previously I cited (and will do again if necessary) authors that are NOT (to the best of my knowledge) "political persons" whose names are not redacted. – BobE May 8 '18 at 16:28
  • @BobE: The rule is don't release information on anyone unless they are elected or politically appointed or otherwise answerable to the public in some fashion. – hszmv May 8 '18 at 20:09

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