Declassification

The purpose of MCC’s declassification program is to:

  • Review all historically valuable classified information, including foreign government information;
  • Assess what needs to remain classified and what can be released to the public while protecting diplomatic relations between the United States and a foreign government; and
  • Provide public access to information about MCC’s programs and declassified material and a mechanism for input on what types of information should be prioritized for declassification as allowed.

Under the provisions of Executive Order 13526, as amended, an individual may request a mandatory declassification review (MDR) of specific classified material that he/she is able to identify so that the agency may retrieve it with reasonable effort. Any individual may request a review of classified information and material in MCC’s possession for declassification if:

  • The request describes the documents or material containing the information with enough detail for MCC to locate it with a reasonable amount of effort;;
  • The information requested is not the subject of pending litigation; and
  • The information requested has not been reviewed for declassification in the previous two years.

How to make MDR requests:

  • Requests must be in writing and be submitted by fax, courier service, postal mail, or email.

MDR requests should be addressed using the following information:

Millennium Challenge Corporation
Attn: Chief FOIA Officer
1099 14th St., NW, Suite 700
Washington D.C. 20005-3550

Please send all email correspondence to FOIA@MCC.gov. Please write “Mandatory Declassification Review” on the envelope or in the subject line of your online request.

In your request, specify that your request is a Declassification Review pursuant to Executive Order 13526, and not a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act or Privacy Act.

Identify the document or information to be reviewed with as much specificity as possible.