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Information Security Oversight Office Releases its Annual Report to the President
Press Release · Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

Washington, DC

Washington, DC…Today, the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) released online its Report to the President for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. This annual report covers government agencies’ security classification activities, shares cost estimates for these activities, and provides an update on the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program. This annual report was mandated by Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information.

FY 2014 report declassification highlights include:

  • A 20 percent reduction in original classification activity, for a 2014 total of 46,800 decisions.
  • A three percent decrease in derivative classification action, down to 77,515,636 decisions.
  • Under automatic, systematic, and discretionary declassification review, agencies reviewed 64,627,008 pages and declassified 27,819,266 pages of historically valuable records.
  • Agencies reviewed 597.498 pages under mandatory declassification review and declassified 372,134 pages in their entirety, declassified 190,654 pages in part, and retained classification of 34,710 pages in their entirety.
  • Progress by Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel to adjudicate declassification appeals and post decisions online. This year, the Panel declassified 451 documents that had been received under appeal.

Classification

ISOO continues to monitor agencies’ self-assessments of their classified information programs. While many agency reports show improvement, others are lacking. ISOO will continue to help agencies with these assessments to ensure compliance.

Controlled Unclassified Information program

ISOO continues to advance its policy development strategy:

  • ISOO submitted a proposed federal CUI to the Office of Management and Budget.
  • ISOO initiated a CUI Program appraisal process to assist Executive branch agencies in preparing for implementation by providing agency planners with a baseline.
  • ISOO developed an updated training module clarifying the distinction between the CUI Program and the Freedom of Information Act.
  • ISOO worked with National Institute of Standards and Technology on Special Publication 800-171, ”Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organization.“ This publication, expected to be finalized in later this year, provides information system protection standards for CUI in the nonfederal environment.

Industrial Security

The National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee showed progress in the areas of personnel security clearances and certification and accreditation of information systems. ISOO continues its role on the Senior Information Sharing and Safeguarding S