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Under U.S. federal law,[1] the Secretary of Homeland Security "shall identify and designate within the Department a Classified Information Advisory Officer." That officer has the following responsibilities:

(1) To develop and disseminate educational materials and to develop and administer training programs to assist State, local, and tribal governments (including State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies) and private sector entities —

(A) in developing plans and policies to respond to requests related to classified information without communicating such information to individuals who lack appropriate security clearances;
(B) regarding the appropriate procedures for challenging classification designations of information received by personnel of such entities; and
(C) on the means by which such personnel may apply for security clearances.

(2) To inform the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis on policies and procedures that could facilitate the sharing of classified information with such personnel, as appropriate.[2]


  1. 6 U.S.C. §124m.
  2. Id. §124m(b).