contractors may wish to copy the following paragraphs and insert them at the
beginning of the Classif.htm file in the S1class folder. If these paragraphs are
copied into the existing file, there will be no need to change any links or file
The security office administers the
security classification management program to comply with provisions and
requirements of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).
Security receives, evaluates, interprets, and obtains clarification and changes
to classification guidance for contracts and proposals and issues classification
guidance. It is the final authority in the company for determining the
classification level of information (documents and material) generated by the
company. Questions related to security classification should be referred to
security office for advice and assistance.
It is the direct responsibility of
the individual author or generator of classified information to ensure that the
final product contains proper classification of all elements contained therein
and correct overall marking. If a document is to be reproduced, final placement
and verification of markings may be delegated to the responsible editor, but it
is incumbent upon the author to provide a draft properly classified by portion.
All persons who contribute to the preparation of a classified product must fully
understand and comply with the classification and marking requirements.
Each organization manager, proposal
leader, or project manager is responsible for ensuring that employees under his
or her supervision properly identify classified information in accordance with
security classification specifications established for the contract or proposal.
Managers and supervisors are also responsible for ensuring that their employees
adhere to classification policies and procedures.
A copy of Department of Defense
Contract Security Classification Specification (DD Form 254) is furnished in the
request for proposal package or in a formal contract requiring access to and/or
generation of classified material. The DD 254 establishes security
classification levels of classified information and hardware, downgrading, and
declassification instructions, public dissemination instructions for information
related to the contract, and other special security requirements. If a DD 254 is
not provided, the security office together with the contracting office take the
action necessary to obtain one.
The security office reviews each DD
254 for adequacy of security guidance prior to Company contract acceptance and
is the point of contact on classification matters requiring clarification or
augmentation by the customer.
Where classified information
is extracted or paraphrased from an existing classified document, report,
etc., the originator responsible for extracting or paraphrasing marks the
new material with the same classification as that applied to the original.
Downgrade/declassification markings are also carried forward to the new
If a document, report, etc.,
is not generated in response to a User Agency contract, RFP or RFQ, or
extracted from a classified source, and the material is considered to contain
information which should be safeguarded in the interest of national defense,
the material must be protected as if classified until an advisory opinion
is obtained from a User Agency with an interest in the subject matter.
Classification review establishes
classification requirements on new documents and considers regrading or
declassification of existing documents and material. The basis for these actions
may be classification specifications established by the customer, a change in
the guidance, specific direction by the customer affecting a single or several
items, or correction of erroneous existing classification. Authorizations for
regrade and declassification action are prepared by security office.
Employees who have reason to
believe that information is classified improperly or unnecessarily, or believe
that current security considerations justify downgrading or upgrading, can
request the security office to review such issues with the pertinent customer. A
classification review of company-generated material should be requested by the
individual responsible for the preparation of the material when there is any
doubt about the accuracy of a classification.