Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)

ISOO Functions

Implementing Directives, Instruction and Regulations:

ISOO develops, coordinates and issues implementing directives and instructions regarding Executive Order 13526, (PDF Format) and Executive Order 12829, as amended, (PDF Format) that are binding on executive branch agencies. ISOO also reviews and approves the implementing regulations issued by the agencies.

Liaison, Inspections and General Oversight:

ISOO's analysts maintain continuous liaison with their agency counterparts on all matters relating to the Government-wide security classification program and the National Industrial Security Program. ISOO also conducts on-site inspections and special classified document reviews to monitor agency compliance with the Order.

Security Education and Training:

In addition to monitoring each agency's security education and training program, ISOO develops and disseminates security education materials for Government and industry. ISOO's most popular training tool include its Marking Book.

Complaints, Appeals and Suggestions:

ISOO receives and takes action on complaints, appeals, and suggestions from persons inside or outside the executive branch regarding any aspect of the administration of Executive Order 12829, as amended, and Executive Order 13526.

Statistical Collection, Analysis and Reporting:

Each year ISOO gathers relevant statistical data regarding each agency's security classification program and cost estimates for security classification activities . ISOO analyzes these data and reports them, along with other relevant information, in its Annual Report to the President and its Cost Report. Copies of these reports are available upon request or for download in the section ISOO Reports.

Spokesperson for the Government's Security Classification Program:

The Director of ISOO serves as the Government's spokesperson to Congress, the media, special interest groups, professional organizations, and the public on matters related to the security classification program.

Special Studies and Projects:

ISOO conducts special studies on identified or potential problem areas and develops remedial approaches for program improvement. ISOO also develops and issues standardized security forms designed to promote uniform implementation of the program and to reduce costs by eliminating duplication.

Policy Changes:

ISOO recommends policy changes to the President through the National Security Council. As appropriate, ISOO convenes and chairs interagency meetings to discuss matters, including possible policy changes, pertaining to the security classification program.

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