The GOOD 'Cost of Covering Up' study looks at money being spent by the U.S government to conceal its secrets, private documents, salaries, and security clearance. According to this study, in 2011 it cost the United States of America $11.4 billion. The budget has more than doubled, especially when comparing the $4.7 million budget in 2001, and in 2008 it was only at $8.7 million.
The breakdown of the expenditures are as follows, 54 percent is allocated to information security, 15.3 percent is for physical security, 13.4 percent is for security management, 12.3 percent is for personnel security and the rest is put towards professional and education training.
It also appears that the number of declassified records has been decreasing over the years, leading many to speculate on what the government is trying to hide.
Government Secrecy Spending Graphics
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