This directive is issued under the authority of Executive Order 13549, "Classified National Security Information Program for State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Entities."
The need to share actionable, timely, and relevant classified information among Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector (SLTPS) partners in support of homeland security is self-evident. Equally evident is the need for a unified, consistent program for the application of standardized security processes and procedures for security clearance management and the safeguarding of classified information across the executive branch and in support of classified information sharing efforts with our partners in the SLTPS communities. To address these needs, on August 18, 2010, the President issued Executive Order 13549.
Under the authority of the Order, and through this implementing directive, a governance and oversight structure are put in place that will serve to instill and promote the uniform application of security standards within the executive branch and SLTPS communities while maintaining consistency with existing policies and standards as promulgated through statutes, executive orders, regulations, and other directives.
This directive, which represents the combined and collaborative efforts of stakeholders within the Federal and SLTPS communities, will serve to lay a consistent security foundation across the information sharing enterprise and thereby further enhance the confidence necessary to support the sharing of classified information.