[Executive Orders]

          Amendment of Executive Order 10501, Relating to Safeguarding
 10901    Official Information in the Interests of the Defense of the
          United States
          Signed: January 9, 1961
          Federal Register page and date: 26 FR 217, January 12, 1961
          Amends: EO 10501, November 5, 1953
          Revokes: Memorandums of November 5, 1953; May 7, 1959; March 9,
          1960
          Amended by: EO 10985, January 12, 1962; EO 11097, February 28,
          1963
          See: EO 11652, March 8, 1972

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By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the
United States, and as President of the United States, and deeming such action
necessary in the best interest of the national security, it is ordered as follows:


Section 1. Section 2 of Executive Order No. 10501 of November 5, 1953, is amended
to read as follows:

  "Sec. 2.  	Limitation of Authority to Classify
     The authority to classify defense information or material under this order
     shall be limited in the departments, agencies, and other units of the
     executive branch as hereinafter specified.

        "(a) In the following departments, agencies, and Governmental units,
              having primary responsibility for matters pertaining to national
              defense, the authority for original classification of information
              or material under this order may be exercised by the head of the
              department, agency, or Governmental unit concerned or by such
              responsible officers or employees as he, or his representative,
              may designate for that purpose. The delegation of such authority
              to classify shall be limited as severely as is consistent with the
              orderly and expeditious transaction of Government business.

              The White House Office
              President's Science Advisory Committee
              Bureau of the Budget
              Council of Economic Advisers
              National Security Council
              Operations Coordinating Board
              Central Intelligence Agency
              Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization
              Department of State
              International Cooperation Administration
              Department of the Treasury
              Department of Defense
              Department of the Army
              Department of the Navy
              Department of the Air Force
              Department of Justice
              Department of Commerce
              Department of Labor
              Atomic Energy Commission
              Canal Zone Government
              Council on Foreign Economic Policy
              Development Loan Fund
              Federal Aviation Agency
              Federal Communications Commission
              Federal Radiation Council
              United States Civil Service Commission
              United States Information Agency

        "(b) In the following departments, agencies, and Governmental units,
              having partial but not primary responsibility for matters
              pertaining to national defense, the authority for original
              classification of information or material under this order shall
              be exercised only by the head of the department, agency, or
              Governmental unit without delegation:

               Post Office Department
               Department of the Interior
               Department of Agriculture
               Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
               Civil Aeronautics Board
               Federal Power Commission
               Government Patents Board
               National Science Foundation
               Panama Canal Company
               Renegotiation Board
               Small Business Administration
               Subversive Activities Control Board
               Tennessee Valley Authority

        "(c) Any agency or unit of the executive branch not named herein, and
              any such agency or unit which may be established hereafter,
              shall be deemed not to have authority for original classification
              of information or material under this order, except as such
              authority may be specifically conferred upon any such agency or
              unit hereafter."



  Sec. 2. My Memoranda of November 5, 1953, and May 7, 1959 (24 F.R. 3777), and
          my Memorandum of March 9, 1960, (25 F.R. 2073), are hereby revoked.



Dwight D. Eisenhower 
The White House,
January 9, 1961.