DATE:  June 27, 2011

SUBJECT:    Delegation of Original Classification Authority; Requirements for Downgrading and Declassification

  1. SCOPE.  This Order applies to all bureaus, offices, and organizations within the Department of the Treasury, including the offices of inspectors general.  The provisions of this Order shall not be construed to interfere with or impede the authorities or independence of the Department’s inspectors general.
    1. Original Classification Authority.  Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of the Treasury, including the authority in 31 USC 321(b), and Part 1 of Executive Order (EO) 13526 of December 29, 2009, entitled “Classified National Security Information,” the following delegations are made with respect to the original classification of national security information.
      1. 1)    The following officials are delegated original classification authority as indicated:
        1. a)    Original Top Secret:  Deputy Secretary; Under Secretary (Terrorism and Financial Intelligence); Under Secretary (Domestic Finance); Under Secretary (International Affairs); General Counsel; Executive Secretary; Treasury Inspector General; Assistant Secretary (Intelligence and Analysis); Deputy Assistant Secretary (Intelligence and Analysis); and Deputy Assistant Secretary (Security).
        2. b)    Original Secret and Confidential:  Director, United States Mint; and Director, Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
      2. 2)    The authority delegated in section 2.a.1 above resides with the position and may be exercised by an official properly acting in that capacity. 
      3. 3)    Pursuant to EO 13526, only the Secretary of the Treasury may delegate the authority to originally classify national security information as Top Secret.  The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security is designated as the Treasury Department’s Senior Agency Official and is hereby authorized to delegate original Secret or Confidential classification authority in compliance with the requirements of EO 13526.  In that official’s absence, the Director, Office of Security Programs (OSP) will serve as the Acting Senior Agency Official.
      4. 4)    Any proposed delegation of original classification authority by the Secretary of the Treasury or the Senior Agency Official must be in writing using Treasury Department Form (TD F) 15-05.2, Report of Authorized Classifiers, and be forwarded to the Director, OSP.  The Director, OSP may request further justification as to why an official should be so designated, and shall consolidate all recommended delegations (not otherwise included in Treasury Order 105-19) into a single listing for the Secretary of the Treasury’s or Senior Agency Official’s approval.  Such consolidations shall be done on an annual basis in conjunction with data on the volume of classified information the Treasury Department generates and that is required to be reported to the Information Security Oversight Office, National Archives and Records Administration.
    2. Downgrading and Declassification Authority.  Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of the Treasury, including the authority in 31 USC 321(b), and Part 3 of EO 13526, the following delegations are made with respect to downgrading and declassification of national security information.
      1. 1)    The Deputy Secretary, Executive Secretary, Under Secretaries, General Counsel, Assistant Secretaries, and Bureau Heads are authorized to downgrade and/or declassify Treasury Department-originated classified information that was created by their own office or bureau or by a predecessor organization now under their jurisdiction.  Any delegation of downgrading and declassification authority to officials other than those referenced in this paragraph must be in writing on TD F 15-05.3, Report of Authorized Downgrading and Declassification Officials, and forwarded to the Director, OSP for signature by the Secretary of the Treasury or the Senior Agency Official.
      2. 2)    To comply with section 3.3 of EO 13526, each office and bureau within the Treasury Department with permanent classified records shall develop a declassification plan and update the plan to accommodate records that are reviewed as the information approaches 25 years of age.  This includes offices and bureaus whose principal official formerly had original classification authority.  Offices and bureaus in possession of permanent classified records from predecessor organizations that are or will become 25 years of age and are subject to automatic declassification must also develop a declassification plan.  The Executive Secretary shall be responsible for developing declassification plans for the Secretary of the Treasury’s and Deputy Secretary’s offices.  The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security may establish standards or guidance for declassification plans that shall be applicable throughout the Treasury Department.
      3. 3)    Office and bureau officials and program managers are encouraged to consult with original classification authorities (OCAs), subject matter experts, and security and records management officers when making downgrading and declassification decisions.
  3. DEMONSTRABLE AND CONTINUING NEED.  The Director, OSP is responsible for monitoring the exercise of original and derivative classification authority throughout the Treasury Department.  This includes recommending any additions or deletions in the listing of officials in section 2.a.1 above.  Recommendations for changes shall be based on the demonstrable and continuing need of an official to exercise original classification authority (including specialized projects warranting classification for national security reasons) as reported on annual security classification management program data reports.
  4. CLASSIFICATION GUIDE AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.  As directed by the President, item descriptions in the Treasury Department Security Classification Guide must be reviewed and re-approved by one or more OCAs and periodically thereafter to ensure the guide remains current.  The officials delegated original classification authority in section 2.a.1 shall each:
    1. Generate and approve a classification guide (or guides) within their office or bureau, or adopt in writing an existing Treasury Department-approved classification guide (or guides), in coordination with the Director, OSP to ensure proper and standardized derivative classification decisions;
    2. Acquaint themselves with all applicable orders and directives relating to classified information and attendant safeguarding requirements;
    3. Undergo mandatory original classification authority training annually and refresher training conducted or approved by the Director, OSP and/or bureau security officials every two years.  The training is to ensure that designated officials with original classification authority are proficient in processing, marking, and safeguarding classified information; and
    4. Ensure that personnel in that official’s organization with a security clearance for access to classified information are proficient with processing, marking, and safeguarding requirements for classified information (including attending refresher and special security training conducted or mandated by the Director, OSP and/or bureau security officials).
  5. SECURITY POINT OF CONTACT.  The Deputy Secretary, Under Secretaries, General Counsel, Executive Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, Inspectors General, and every Bureau Head shall identify, in writing, a primary and alternate Security Point of Contact (SPC) as that official’s liaison with the Director, OSP.  All SPCs shall:
    1. Coordinate and document required training and disseminate security and related information, notices and briefing materials throughout their organization as provided by the OSP; and
    2. Annually submit statistical reports on the volume of classified information generated by their office/bureau, security classification-related costs, and additional reports and information as requested by the Director, OSP.
  6. CANCELLATION.  Treasury Order 105-19, “Delegation of Original Classification Authority; Requirements for Declassification and Downgrading,” dated August 26, 2004, is superseded.
  7. OFFICES OF PRIMARY INTEREST.  Office of the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security, Office of Security Programs.


Timothy F. Geithner
Secretary of the Treasury