Evaluation of USAID's Implementation of Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information

Recommendations

Recommendation 1

The Office of Security develop, implement, and document a sampling method for reporting classification decisions that can be projected to the total population of classifiers at USAID.

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Recommendation 2

The Office of Security train employees who are required to report information on classification decisions to make sure they understand their reporting duties, and document such training.

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Recommendation 3

The Office of Security update Automated Directives System 568 to state that inspections of classified documents shall be conducted using a representative sample.

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Recommendation 4

The Office of Security conduct inspections of classified information using a formal process with a representative sample, and document the results of the testing.

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Recommendation 5

The Office of Security implement a procedure to work with the Chief Information Office during inspections to sample users of the electronic system (ClassNet) and test for overclassification and classification markings.

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Recommendation 6

The Office of Security identify documents marked incorrectly during inspections and explain proper marking to employees performing the classifications, and document the results.

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Recommendation 7

The Office of Security identify employees who perform a large quantity of derivative classifications, and enforce proper management of classified information by including it as an element in their performance evaluations.

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Recommendation 8

The Office of Security publish USAID's classification guide during fiscal year 2014.

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Recommendation 9

The Office of Security update Automated Directives System 568 to reflect the Agency's current requirements for employees recording classification decisions.

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Recommendation 10

Office of Security work with the Chief Information Office to train ClassNet users on how to use the marking tool, and document such training.

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Recommendation 11

The Office of Security provide customized original classification authority training annually to original classifiers, and document they have completed the training.

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