What does it say that this management job at the Library of Congress requires Top Secret clearance?

@edsu rampant over-classification is even more out of control than I realised.

Unless the LoC is where they keep all the UFO records... 👽

@hugh lol right! Although I always wondered who all actually used that Twitter data they received...

@edsu are you saying this is like being an “Information Officer” at the Embassy?

@hugh I don't think I know enough about embassies to be able to answer that. I imagine they all operate a bit differently?

@edsu From what I understand that’s the official “diplomatic” job title the CIA agents are given...

@hugh oh I see ... yeah I'm kind of at a loss to understand why that level of clearance would be needed. It seems very much against the public image that the institution tries to promote.

@edsu @hugh I wonder if there’s something about working with other information officers and if infosec in gov requires that kind of classification? Top Secret is the lowest level of secrecy.

Just thinking of my experiences with NASA IT. Obviously that’s NASA which I’d very different but still.


That documents marked Top Secret are being archived.

As a historian this is somewhat pleasing. For even if the documents are restricted from general access for 50, or as I have seen in some cases 75 years, they will ultimately be part of the public record.

So eventually, the truth is out there. *cue X Files music*


@robert @saper Yes, I think you're right. I can totally hear the x-files jingle now 🙂

It's a bit strange because handles those here in the US, or at least I thought so.

@edsu @saper Interesting to know that. I am not very familiar with archiving in the US, so thank you for that bit of insight. 🤓

@edsu might not be more than that they have to support FRD, CRS, and participate in cross-agency conops planning.

@dchud i wondered about that too. But CRS being Top Secret seems like a stretch doesn't it?

@edsu that was a guess! but FRD alone could explain it.

@dchud yeah, that's true ... have you seen that requirement before?

@edsu ah, not personally, but given their client list, it’s safe to assume. and I seem to remember staff not telling me what they worked on because they couldn’t. not that this is convincing, and I’m not trying to convince you of anything, but I’ve grown a lot more comfortable working in a setting where classification is common. it’s often very reasonable and quite mundane… not always, but often enough that it doesn’t bother me at all that LC might support classified work.

@dchud Yeah, I can defibitely understand that. It's pretty difficult to work in the DMV (especially doing technical stuff) while avoiding it completely. I'm pretty sure that any clearance process that actually worked would weed me out at this point.

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