Whenever a change in the classification of a covered program of a covered element is planned to be made or whenever classified information concerning a covered program of a covered element is to be declassified and made public, the head of the covered element shall submit to congressional leadership a report containing a description of the proposed change or the information to be declassified, the reasons for the proposed change or declassification, and notice of any public announcement planned to be made with respect to the proposed change or declassification.
Except as provided in paragraph (3), a report referred to in paragraph (1) shall be submitted not less than 14 days before the date on which the proposed change, declassification, or public announcement is to occur.
If the head of the covered element determines that because of exceptional circumstances the requirement of paragraph (2) cannot be met with respect to a proposed change, declassification, or public announcement concerning a covered program of the covered element, the head of the department or agency may submit the report required by paragraph (1) regarding the proposed change, declassification, or public announcement at any time before the proposed change, declassification, or public announcement is made and shall include in the report an explanation of the exceptional circumstances.
Whenever there is a modification or termination of the policy and criteria used for designating a program of a covered element as a covered program, the head of the covered element shall promptly notify congressional leadership of such modification or termination. Any such notification shall contain the reasons for the modification or termination and, in the case of a modification, the provisions of the policy as modified.
The term “covered program” means any special access program or similarly protected program established under the authority of Executive Order 12356 (50 U.S.C. 3161 note; relating to prescribing a uniform system for classifying, declassifying, and safeguarding national security information), or any successor Executive order, or any similar sensitive program established anywhere in the Federal Government, including one established at the direction of the President.