EO 13526 PDF

Part 6- General Provisions This order prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information, including information relating to defense against transnational terrorism. Our democratic principles require that the American people be informed of the activities of their Government. Nevertheless, throughout our history, the national defense has required that certain information be maintained in confidence in order to protect our citizens, our democratic institutions, our homeland security, and our interactions with foreign nations. Classification Standards. This provision does not: 1 amplify or modify the substantive criteria or procedures for classification; or 2 create any substantive or procedural rights subject to judicial review.

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It recognizes that it is essential that the public be informed concerning the activities of its Government, but that the interests of the United States and its citizens require that certain information concerning the national defense and foreign relations be protected against unauthorized disclosure.

Information may not be classified under this Order unless its disclosure reasonably could be expected to cause damage to the national security. If there is reasonable doubt about the appropriate level of classification, it shall be safeguarded at the higher level of classification pending a determination by an original classification authority, who shall make this determination within thirty 30 days.

The authority to classify information originally as Top Secret may be exercised only by: 1 the President; 2 agency heads and officials designated by the President in the Federal Register; and 3 officials delegated this authority pursuant to Section 1. The authority to classify information originally as Secret may be exercised only by: 1 agency heads and officials designated by the President in the Federal Register; 2 officials with original Top Secret classification authority; and 3 officials delegated such authority pursuant to Section 1.

The authority to classify information originally as Confidential may be exercised only by: 1 agency heads and officials designated by the President in the Federal Register; 2 officials with original Top Secret or Secret classification authority; and 3 officials delegated such authority pursuant to Section 1. Agency heads are responsible for ensuring that designated subordinate officials have a demonstrable and continuing need to exercise this authority. It shall identify the official delegated the authority by name or position title.

Delegated classification authority includes the authority to classify information at the level granted and lower levels of classification. When an employee, contractor, licensee, or grantee of an agency that does not have original classification authority originates information believed by that person to require classification, the information shall be protected in a manner consistent with this Order and its implementing directives.

The information shall be transmitted promptly as provided under this Order or its implementing directives to the agency that has appropriate subject matter interest and classification authority with respect to this information.

That agency shall decide within thirty 30 days whether to classify this information. If it is not clear which agency has classification responsibility for this information, it shall be sent to the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office. The Director shall determine the agency having primary subject matter interest and forward the information, with appropriate recommendations, to that agency for a classification determination. Any determination made under this subsection shall be reported promptly to the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office.

When it can be determined, a specific date or event for declassification shall be set by the original classification authority at the time the information is originally classified. These extensions may be by individual documents or categories of information. The agency shall be responsible for notifying holders of the information of such extensions.

Agency heads may, for good cause, grant and revoke waivers of this requirement for specified classes of documents or information. Omitted markings may be inserted on a document by the officials specified in Section 3. These reclassification actions shall be reported promptly to the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office.

Part 2 Derivative Classification Sec. Persons who only reproduce, extract, or summarize classified information, or who only apply classification markings derived from source material or as directed by a classification guide, need not possess original classification authority.

The declassification date or event that provides the longest period of classification shall be used for documents classified on the basis of multiple sources. Part 3 Declassification and Downgrading Sec. Agencies shall coordinate their review of classified information with other agencies that have a direct interest in the subject matter. Information that continues to meet the classification requirements prescribed by Section 1. Any such decision by the Director may be appealed to the National Security Council.

The information shall remain classified, pending a prompt decision on the appeal. Such information may be declassified or downgraded by the agency in possession after consultation with any other agency that has an interest in the subject matter of the information. Such information shall be reviewed by the Archivist for declassification or downgrading in accordance with systematic review guidelines that shall be provided by the head of the agency that originated the information, or in the case of foreign government information, by the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office in consultation with interested agency heads.

The Archivist of the United States shall have the authority to review, downgrade and declassify information under the control of the Administrator of General Services or the Archivist pursuant to sections , note, or of title 44, United States Code.

Review procedures developed by the Archivist shall provide for consultation with agencies having primary subject matter interest and shall be consistent with the provisions of applicable laws or lawful agreements that pertain to the respective presidential papers or records. The information shall remain classified pending a prompt decision on the appeal. They shall release this information unless withholding is otherwise authorized under applicable law. These procedures shall apply to information classified under this or predecessor orders.

They shall also provide a means for administratively appealing a denial of a mandatory review request. The Archivist shall develop special procedures for the review of information accessioned into the National Archives of the United States.

In cases in which the originating agency determines in writing that a response under Section 3. Part 4 Safeguarding Sec. For purposes of this Section, the Department of Defense shall be considered one agency.

Such programs may be created or continued only at the written direction of these agency heads. For special access programs pertaining to intelligence activities including special activities but not including military operational, strategic and tactical programs , or intelligence sources or methods, this function will be exercised by the Director of Central Intelligence. Part 5 Sec. The Administrator shall delegate the implementation and monitorship functions of this program to the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office.

The Director shall have the authority to appoint a staff for the Office. The Director shall require any regulation or guideline to be changed if it is not consistent with this Order or implementing directives. If these reports, inspections, or access to specific categories of classified information would pose an exceptional national security risk, the affected agency head or the senior official designated under Section 5.

The Director may appeal denials to the National Security Council. The denial of access shall remain in effect pending a prompt decision on the appeal; 5 review requests for original classification authority from agencies or officials not granted original classification authority and, if deemed appropriate, recommend presidential approval; 6 consider and take action on complaints and suggestions from persons within or outside the Government with respect to the administration of the information security program; 7 have the authority to prescribe, after consultation with affected agencies, standard forms that will promote the implementation of the information security program; 8 report at least annually to the President through the National Security Council on the implementation of this Order; and 9 have the authority to convene and chair interagency meetings to discuss matters pertaining to the information security program.

Agencies that originate or handle classified information shall: a designate a senior agency official to direct and administer its information security program, which shall include an active oversight and security education program to ensure effective implementation of this Order; b promulgate implementing regulations. Any unclassified regulations that establish agency information security policy shall be published in the Federal Register to the extent that these regulations affect members of the public; c establish procedures to prevent unnecessary access to classified information, including procedures that i require that a demonstrable need for access to classified information is established before initiating administrative clearance procedures, and ii ensure that the number of persons granted access to classified information is limited to the minimum consistent with operational and security requirements and needs; and d develop special contingency plans for the protection of classified information used in or near hostile or potentially hostile areas.

Either shall ensure that the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office is promptly notified whenever a violation under Section 5. Part 6 Sec. This Order shall be published in the Federal Register. This page was last reviewed on August 15,

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