Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 4600-002

Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination


Procedures for the Denial or Revocation of Access to National Security Information


This regulation updates policies, procedures, and responsibilities for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees and applicants who have been determined ineligible for access to classified national security information pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 12968, “Access to Classified Information” (hereafter, E.O. 12968).

This regulation also establishes a whistleblower reprisal review program and sets forth the procedures to be followed by USDA employees, including applicants and probationary employees (hereinafter USDA employees), and USDA contractors when making protected disclosures. Further, this regulation prohibits USDA officials from taking, failing to take, or threatening to take a personnel action or making a decision/recommendation impacting a USDA employee’s or contractor’s eligibility for access to classified information in reprisal for making a protected disclosure. This regulation also promulgates the policies and procedures for USDA employees and contractors to file whistleblower reprisal complaints with the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG).


This Departmental Regulation (DR) is a revision of, and cancels, DR 4600-002 (amended), dated February 11, 2002.