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Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)

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The Information Security Oversight Office is responsible to the President for policy oversight of the Government-wide security classification system and the National Industrial Security Program.

ISOO receives its policy and program guidance from the National Security Council (NSC) and is an administrative component of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). More than 60 executive branch agencies create or handle classified national security information.

ISOO's is has three components with the following executive orders:

The Classification Management Staff
The Operations Staff
The Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Office

Under Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information, ISOO:

  • oversees the Government-wide security classification program

  • provides program and administrative support for the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP)

  • ISCAP is the final appellate authority for those individuals whose requests for declassification under Section 3.5 of E.O. 13526 have been denied at the agency level

Under Executive Order 12829, National Industrial Security Program, ISOO:

  • monitors the National Industrial Security Program or "NISP"

  • chairs the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee (NISPPAC), comprised of Government and industry representatives

  • reports annually on the status of both programs

Under Executive Order 13556, Controlled Unclassified Information, ISOO:

  • establishes an open and uniform program for managing information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with law, regulations, and Government-wide policies, excluding information that is classified under Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009, or the Atomic Energy Act, as amended.

NARA's organization is based upon the priorities established in Preserving the Past to Protect the Future, the Strategic Plan of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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