Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)

Fundamental Classification Guidance Review (FCGR)

The Fundamental Classification Guidance Review program was created by President Obama on December 29, 2009, under Executive Order 13526. The review serves as a guide and benchmark for Federal agencies to ensure proper classification of information vital to national security while expediting declassification by avoiding over-classification and unnecessary withholding of records. Accurate and current classification guides also ensure standardized classification within and across Federal agencies.

All Federal agencies with significant classification programs completed their first review in July 2012 and provided summaries of those reviews to the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office. Overall, the 2012 reviews showed that Federal agencies were streamlining their classification guidance and more clearly identifying categories of what can be released and what needs to remain classified. Agencies will complete the current cycle of classification guidance review by June 30, 2017, and ISOO will provide periodic status updates on the review process.