Nuclear Security:

Information on DOE's Requirements for Protecting and Controlling Classified Documents

T-RCED-00-247: Published: Jul 11, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Energy's (DOE) requirements for protecting and controlling classified documents.

GAO noted that: (1) DOE has numerous procedures designed to protect classified documents; (2) the requirements vary depending on the type of document being protected and the nature of the protection provided where the document is stored; (3) GAO found that many requirements for protecting and controlling secret and top secret documents stored in protected areas were discontinued in the 1990s; (4) for example, the requirement to inventory secret documents every 3 years was discontinued in 1992 with other controls over secret documents; and (5) in regard to top secret documents, many requirements, such as a top secret control officer, were eliminated in 1998.

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