Mission and Functions
Office of Classification
The Office of Classification
develops and interprets Government-wide and Department-wide
policies, procedures and guidance; performs document
reviews; and conducts training to ensure the accurate
identification of information and documents that must
be classified or controlled under statute or Executive
order to protect the National Security, and controlled
unclassified information (Official Use Only) to protect
commercial and private interests and to provide for
the effective operation of the Government.
Ensures a continuous review of classification
policy and guidance for Restricted Data (RD) and
Formerly Restricted Data (FRD) as required by
the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and
recommends for the approval of the Principal Deputy
Chief for Mission Support, Office of Health, Safety and Security
all actions involving the declassification of
RD and FRD information.
Serves as the Senior Agency Official responsible
for directing and administering those portions
of Executive Order (E.O.) 13526 which apply to identifying
National Security Information (NSI) within DOE
and NNSA. Declassifies NSI in any subject area
under DOE or NNSA cognizance.
Serves as the Denying Official for classified
information under DOE cognizance for initial requests
of documents made under the Freedom of Information
Act and the Mandatory provisions of E.O. 13526.
Maintains liaison with and serves as the DOE
contact with foreign governments on matters concerning
the classification and declassification of information.
Directs the development of classification and
declassification standards as required for international
agreements for cooperation pursuant to the Atomic
Energy Act, and directs the review and evaluation
of foreign classification policies and procedures
established under such agreements to ensure compliance.
Appoints Classification Officers, HQ Classification
Representatives, Derivative Declassifiers, HQ Derivative
Classifiers and HQ UCNI Reviewing Officials for DOE Organizations.
Manages and directs the Office of Quality Management,
the Office of Technical Guidance, and the Office
of Document Reviews.