The Foreign Service Journal - June 2014 - page 17

JUNE 2014
the clearance process altogether is quite
risky and generally not advisable.
The second determination is whether
you are acting in a private or official
capacity. The latter term implies that an
action is part of one’s official discharge of
duties on behalf of the State Department.
It is important to note that the presump-
tion of private capacity can be overcome
by a number of factors, including rank,
relationship to the subject matter or the
potential for harm to foreign affairs (see 3
FAM 4172.1-6(B)).
Individuals who have put together
materials in their private capacity that
are “of official concern” are required to
submit them for clearance. For cur-
rent employees in the United States, the
reviewing office is the Bureau of Public
). For
current employees stationed overseas, the
point of contact is the chief of mission.
And for all former employees, the review-
ing office is within the Bureau of Adminis-
tration’s Office of Information Programs,
A/GIS/IPS/PP/LA to be precise.
The purpose of the review is solely
to “ensure that classified material and
other material protected by law are
not improperly disclosed and that the
views of employees are not improperly
attributed to the U.S. government” (3
FAM 4172.1-1a). The review should not
address any other issue.
The first
that must be made
is whether your
material is “of
official concern.”
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