Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)

Information on Declassification and Automatic Declassification

Executive Order 13526, as Amended, and its Implementing Directive

Executive Order 13526 (PDF Format)

  • Part 3 provides guidance on authority for declassification, transferred records, automatic declassification, systematic declassification review,mandatory declassification review, processing requests and reviews, declassification database

Classified National Security Information 32 C.F.R 2001   [PDF Format]

  • Subpart C provides guidance on automatic declassification, systematic declassification review, declassification guides, mandatory review for declassification, and referrals

Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP)

The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) provides one of the necessary checks and balances to the President's classification program outlined in Executive Order 13526, "Classified National Security Information" (PDF Format).

Additionally, the ISCAP helps provide Federal employees with assistance in classification and declassification decisions through its function of deciding on exemptions from automatic declassification submitted by agency heads.

Lastly, the ISCAP provides a venue for the public to present appeals concerning requests for declassification of classified information through the Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) process. All information classified under the provisions of the Order, with limited exception, can be subject to a request for MDR. The Order therefore requires all agency heads to establish procedures for handling such requests. As the highest appellate body for declassification decisions, the ISCAP may decide on MDR requests denied at the agency level.

ISOO Liaison Program Contact Information

ISOO analysts maintain continuous liaison with their agency counterparts on all matters relating to the Government-wide security classification program nd the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). Information about staff specialization is provided so that inquiries may be directed to the staff member who has expertise in or responsibility for particular areas. All members of the staff can provide general information about the program.

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