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Need-To-Know

Administrative Law

Executive Order 12958, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1(z) (1995) (superseded)

“Need-to-know” means a determination made by an authorized holder of classified information that a prospective recipient requires access to specific classified information in order to perform or assist in a lawful and authorized governmental function.

Executive Order 13,526, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1 (dd) (December 29, 2009)

For purposes of this order:
(dd)  "Need-to-know" means a determination within the executive branch in accordance with directives issued pursuant to this order that a prospective recipient requires access to specific classified information in order to perform or assist in a lawful and authorized governmental function.