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Definitions Edit

An Original Classification Authority (OCA) (also called an original classifier) is

[a]n individual's position, which has been authorized in writing, either by the President, Secretary of the Army, or the HQDA, DCSINT, to originally classify information up to and including a certain classification level.[1]
an individual authorized in writing, either by the President, the Vice President, or by agency heads or other officials designated by the President, to classify information in the first instance.[2]

Overview Edit

"OCA officials convey their classification decisions by marking the original document (or source document) or, more often, by capturing the classification decision in a security classification guide. Once an OCA official classifies information, that information may be paraphrased, extracted, or summarized, which is known as a derivative classification decision."[3]

References Edit

  1. Department of the Army Information Security Program, at 231.
  2. Executive Order 13526, at §6.1(gg).
  3. Audit of DOJ's Implementation of and Compliance with Certain Classification Requirements, Inspector General Audit Report 13-40, at i-ii (Sept. 2013) (full-text).

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