Intelligence Community Classification Guidance Findings and Recommendations Report   [open pdf - 224KB]

"In 2006, the Associate Director of National Intelligence and Chief Information Officer (ADNI&CIO) initiated an effort to develop a classification guide that could be used by the entire Intelligence Community. […] The team found that the reviewed classification guides often provided little insight into the reasons for setting classification and limited guidance for discriminating between classification levels. Most of the guides were agency- or program-specific. In situations where users perceived conflicting guidance, they found it difficult to discern which classification guide or level should take precedence, leading to over-classification in many cases. Investigation into the meaning of classification, as well as the history of security and classification reform efforts, yielded interesting points to consider when designing the Intelligence Community Classification Guide. The team also considered additional factors, such as future requirements from the Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE). This report presents a short background of the Intelligence Community Classification Guide effort, the methodology used to compile and analyze the agency classification guides information, and the program team's findings and recommendations. The discussion herein naturally extends beyond the content of classification guides to the basis upon which Federal Government employees make classification determinations and the manner in which such guidance should be maintained to enable timely, authoritative guidance across the community of intelligence users and producers. This analysis provides the baseline for the next phase of this effort--development of a capstone Intelligence Community Classification Guide."

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