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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.||”|
|“||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.||”|
"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."