Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)

Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)


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ISOO is responsible to the President for policy and oversight of the Government-wide security classification system and the National Industrial Security Program.  ISOO receives policy and program guidance from the National Security Council (NSC).  

ISOO has three components:

  1. The Classification Management Staff:
    Develops security classification policies for classifying, declassifying and safeguarding national security information generated in Government and industry.
  2. The Operations Staff:
    Evaluates the effectiveness of the security classification programs established by Government and industry to protect information vital to our national security interests.
  3. The Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Staff:
    Develops standardized CUI policies and procedures that appropriately protect sensitive information through effective data access and control measures.

ISOO receives authority from:

  • Executive Order 12829, as amended, "National Industrial Security Program", further amended by section 6 of E.O. 13691
  • Executive Order 13526"Classified National Security Information" was released by the White House on December 29, 2009
  • Executive Order 13549"Classified National Security Information Program for State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Entities."
  • Executive Order 13556"Controlled Unclassified Information"
  • Executive Order 13587"Structural Reforms To Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information."