Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) is responsible to the President for policy and oversight of the Government-wide security classification system and the National Industrial Security Program. We receive our authority from

We are a component of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and receive our policy and program guidance from the National Security Council (NSC).

ISOO has two staffs and a total of 22 personnel to accomplish its mission.

The Classification Management Staff:
Develops security classification policies for classifying, declassifying and safeguarding national security information generated in Government and industry. The current policy documents for the Government and industry programs are Executive Orders 12958, as amended, and 12829, as amended, respectively.

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.

Presidential Document

The Federal Register
  • View an up-to-date listing of agency heads and officials who have been designated by the President in the Federal Register as having the authority to classify information.
    Federal Register Vol. 60, No. 200 Tuesday, October 17, 1995 Pages 53845-53846

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Learn about the Policy Documents

ISOO oversees the security classification programs in both Government and industry and reports annually to the President on their status.

View the Policy Documents

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone: 1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272