Outgoing Federal Officials Reminded to Leave Classified Info Behind

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) recently issued a memorandum reminding outgoing federal agency senior officials and employees that they should not take classified information with them if they are leaving government service at the end of the Bush administration.

The memo states “Classified information is not personal property and may not be removed from the Government’s control by any departing official or employee. This includes “extra” copies.

The memo also restates the requirement that employees or officials who had security clearance be given a termination briefing to remind them that the responsibility to protect classified information, “including information stored in one’s memory” does not end when they leave the government.

To see a copy of the full ISOO memorandum, click here.