Secretarially Signed Documents
This regulation describes the process for transmitting official documents to the Immediate Office of the Secretary for final review and signature by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. It does not alter or supersede the policies or procedures for the handling of documents established in other Departmental Directives, except with regard to the dispatch of the document to and from the Immediate Office of the Secretary.
a. Official documents prepared for review and signature by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Agriculture shall be transmitted to the Immediate Office of the Secretary through the Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES), and once signed will be returned to the appropriate official through OES.
b. This regulation does not apply to Sensitive Security Information or National Security Classified documents, which shall be handled in accordance with DR3440-01, USDA Classified National Security Information Program Regulation, and DR3440-02, Control and Protection of Sensitive Security Information.