Chief Declassification Action Group

McLean, Virginia
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 07, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The COO/Information Management Office (IMO) seeks an officer with Intelligence Community (IC) experience to serve as Chief of its Declassification Action Group (DAG), who will be tasked with developing and supervising a Group devoted to the automatic, systematic, mandatory, and discretionary declassification reviews (under the authority of Executive Order (E.O.) 13526, Classified National Security Information), as well as reviews of Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel appeals. While the primary responsibility for this Group will be to review classified ODNI records for potential declassification in advance of the 25-year automatic declassification date, it will also complete transparency initiative projects as directed by senior ODNI leadership.

*Provide oversight and leadership in the planning, development, and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures that result in the effective sharing of information across the Government while protecting Intelligence and Law Enforcement sources and methods, operational equities, and U.S. persons' privacy.

Oversee and lead an evaluation of the potential impact of obstacles to the declassification process across the IC and work with IC partners to develop and implement policy and process improvements.

Lead the planning, identification, and development of effective solutions to interagency declassification issues related to intelligence information experienced by departments throughout the IC and U.S. Government.

Continually expand personal expertise with regard to the development and implementation of information sharing tools, technology, plans, and policies to facilitate the cooperation and effective coordination of ODNI, the IC, and other U.S. Government agencies.

Create this group and all relevant policies related to declassification of historical ODNI information, to include hiring experts in declassification, drafting and securing the approval of a new ODNI Declassification Guide, creating a systematic review process, and supervising the team that conducts the reviews and coordinates external clearances.

Provide mentoring, performance appraisal evaluations, and career development guidance for DAG staff officers.

Support the strategic planning, resource management and process improvement and be the focal point for guidance and policy development; important objectives include ensuring review quality and meeting ambitious production goals.

Provide expert opinions to the highest levels at ODNI, and assist, as needed, in the preparation of briefings, reports, and presentations for ODNI leadership, senior policymakers, IC members and other intelligence consumers in a manner that meets their specified requirements.

Work extensively and cooperatively with DAG staff, other senior IMO officers and ODNI components, as well as other relevant review programs.

Establish and oversee an IC declassification community forum on Best Practices, as well as the annual IC Equity Recognition Training Seminar to support personnel across the IC with equity identification in historical review of 25-year old records.

Work closely, at all stages, with the National Declassification Center, an interagency effort devoted to providing a high quality, efficient process for review and release involving multiple agencies for the tens of millions of pages of classified records housed at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, MD.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a current permanent ODNI employee.


Expert knowledge of information sharing theory, policies, procedures, and technologies.

*Superior ability to logically analyze, synthesize, and judge information, as well as the ability to review and incorporate multiple sources of information in performing assignments.

Expert knowledge of EO 13526, including at least three years of direct experience processing agency wide Systematic, Automatic, and Mandatory Declassification programs, as well as coordinating agency wide discretionary and interagency declassification initiatives.

Substantive expertise in implementing and overseeing directives related to classification, declassification, and information review and release; ability to apply knowledge to a wide range of analytic methodologies to evaluate the aforementioned policies and procedures.

Superior customer service skills, demonstrated by anticipating and responding to senior-level customers' needs in a manner that provides added value and generates customer satisfaction, even in situations in which the outcome is not what the customer desired.

Superior ability to balance competing work requirements to ensure that priorities and deadlines are met; strong problem solving skills, demonstrated by superior ability to identify complex problems, a range of options, and preferred courses of action.

Expert knowledge of the ODNI organization and the intelligence and operational missions.

Superior ability to design and continuously improve a complex business process using process metrics as a key analytic tool.

Demonstrated understanding and experience with large-scale automated systems.

Demonstrated ability to handle ambiguity and make complex declassification decisions.

Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively with technical and non-technical personnel; team player.

Superior writing and briefing skills.

Prior experience as a supervisor and expert ability to direct tasking's, assess and manage performance, collaborate on goal setting, and support personal and professional development of all levels of personnel.

Minimum of seven years of direct experience in declassification or information review and release.

Experience working with or at other IC agencies, the Department of State, or the Department of Defense.

Experience working with contractors.

Familiarity with information release programs to include the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.

Bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution or relevant experience.


Masters or Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited academic institution.

Past experience supervising a team of declassification and release professionals in the IC.

An interest in world history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, and the history of the ODNI.

Additional information

Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview.

Reasonable Accommodations:

The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Reasonable Accommodations Officer by classified email at, by unclassified email at, by telephone at 703-275-3900 or by FAX at 703-275-1217. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE.

The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.