If employees have signed a confidentiality/confidentiality agreement with another agency, they may also have verification obligations with those agencies prior to publication. This obligation is separate from any pre-publication verification requirements that an employee may have with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but the Ministry may coordinate with these other authorities upon request. On December 29, 2009, President Obama adopted Executive Order 13526, which imposes a single system for classifying, safeguarding, and sharing national security information. “No information can remain secret indefinitely,” the order said. The standard date for the repeal of the classification is 10 years. After 25 years, the verification of declassification is done automatically, with nine exceptions, which allow the information to continue to be classified. Classifications beyond the age of 75 must be subject to special authorisation. 3. I have been informed that the unauthorized disclosure, retention or negligent handling of classified information by me could cause irreparable harm or damage to the United States, or be used for the benefit of a foreign nation.

I agree that I will never pass on secret information to third parties unless: (a) I have officially confirmed that the recipient has been duly authorized by the U.S. Government to receive it; or (b) I have obtained prior written permission from the U.S. governmental authority or authority (“department or agency”) responsible for classifying the information or, ultimately, I have obtained a security clearance authorizing such disclosure. I understand that if I am unsure of the classification of the information, I must confirm by an authorized official that the information is not classified before I can transmit it, except to a person, as indicated above (a) or (b). I always understand that I am required to comply with laws and regulations that prohibit the unauthorized disclosure of classified information. Sensible Compartmented Information (SCI) is a type of classified information in the United States that relates to or is derived from sensitive sources, methods, or processes of analysis. All ICS must be dealt with under formal access control systems set up by the Director of the National Intelligence Service. [1] The Department is in the process of updating the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) guidelines regarding the obligations of former employees prior to their publication.