Obtaining classification reviews
By Sandy Guendling, Security Programs Manager, Facilities Management and Services (FMS)
All employees should be cautious when developing documents (e.g., reports, presentations, white papers, pre-proposals, proposals, etc.) from open source information. Although information is found on the internet, in a book, magazine or other publicly accessible media, it does not mean that the information is automatically unclassified.
All employees are responsible for having information reviewed for classification if they are working with, or plan to work, with subject matter that may be classified.
Classification reviews should be obtained:
- BEFORE you begin to document planned work
- BEFORE you begin compiling information/documents from open/public sources
- BEFORE releasing documents outside of Argonne
These reviews need to be conducted by a Derivative Classifier, the Argonne Classification Officer or the Argonne Classification Analyst. LMS-POL-19: Protection of National Security and Other U.S. Interests provides more information on these review requirements.
If there is uncertainty whether the area you will be working in is potentially classified, you can refer to General Classification Guidance located on the Classification Services webpage on Inside Argonne. A few examples of major classified subject matter areas include: nuclear weapon design, nuclear weapon military utilization, nuclear material use and production, improvised nuclear devices, nuclear reactors and nonproliferation.
Any classified work must be conducted in an approved security area. For more information on where and how to conduct classified activities, contact Security Programs Manager Sandy Guendling at email@example.com or ext. 2-4888.
Additional information and resources are available on Inside Argonne.