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This XML Data Encoding Specification for Intelligence Community Only Need-To-Know Profile (ICO-NTK.XML) provides detailed implementation guidance to limit dissemination of appropriately tagged information solely to members of the Intelligence Community (IC). Certain information is only permitted to be disseminated to and accessed by members of the IC. This profile defines a specification that uses NTK for conveying the requirement to limit dissemination.
This is the first release of the specification and therefore provides no backward capability.
Compliance with this specification is measured against all aspects of the technical and documentary artifacts contained within the specification release package.
The IC Chief Information Officer maintains this specification via the Data Coordination Activity (DCA) and Common Metadata Standards Tiger Team (CMSTT).
This specification is designed to fulfill a number of requirements in support of the transformational efforts of the Intelligence Community. Many of these requirements are articulated in IC Directives.
This specification includes design features that address:
The purpose of pre-publication review is to prevent unauthorized disclosure of information and ensure the mission of the ODNI and the foreign relations and security of the United States are not adversely affected by public disclosure.
All information meant to be made available in a public forum must be submitted for review prior to release.
The obligation applies to current and former ODNI staff, including cadre, detailees, and contractors, who have access to classified information. There are two categories of material that must be reviewed:
Non-Official: Anything published or presented in your personal capacity. Examples include resumes, books, op-eds, personal blogs
Official: Anything created as part of your official duties on behalf of the ODNI. Examples include speeches, newsletters, official web pages, outreach documents, brochures.
The Pre-Pub Team coordinates with other IC agencies, as appropriate, and provides a single consolidated response to the requester.
1. Create material using:
2. For official publication or presentation, ensure your management chain has concurred, and any internal component review process for substance has been completed.
3. Submit your request via email for Pre-Pub Review (you will receive an automatic reply confirming your request). When doing so be sure to:
4. Protect the publication from release until the ODNI Pre-Pub Team completes its review. In other words, do not send to editors or academics for peer reviews until the review is complete.
5. Upon approval from ODNI Pre-Pub, you are cleared to publish or present.
This specification is designed to fulfill a number of requirements in support of the transformational efforts of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense Enterprise(IC/DoD). Features of this specification are to:
This XML Data Encoding Specification for Access Rights and Handling (ARH.XML) defines detailed implementation guidance for using Extensible Markup Language (XML) to encode ARH data.
Information sharing within the national intelligence enterprise will increasingly rely on information assurance metadata (including enterprise data headers) to allow interagency access control, automated exchanges, and appropriate protection of shared intelligence. A structured, verifiable representation of security metadata bound to the intelligence data is required in order for the enterprise to become inherently "smarter" about the information flowing in and around it. Such a representation, when implemented with other data formats, improved user interfaces, and data processing utilities, can provide part of a larger, robust information assurance infrastructure capable of automating some of the management and exchange decisions today being performed by human beings.
The Intelligence Community (IC) has standardized the various classification and control markings established for information sharing within the Information Security Markings (ISM) and Need-To-Know (NTK) XML specifications of the Intelligence Community Enterprise Architecture (ICEA) Data Standards. The IC Access Requirements and Handling XML specification combines elements of the ISM and NTK specifications and extends them to access rights management and handling needs.
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