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Emergency Management Center (EMC)

Operations Security (OPSEC)

OPSEC is a process which safeguards unclassified but sensitive information. The Emergency Management Center (EMC) established the Department's Operation Security program in accordance with National Security Decision Directive 298 (NSDD-298). The Department of Labor's (DOL) OPSEC program is concentrated around training and awareness with a primary objective of educating DOL employees on OPSEC threats and common sense procedures that may be used to minimize access to DOL's critical information for individuals that do not have a valid need for the information.

The information that is often used against us by terrorists is not classified information; it is information that is openly available to anyone who knows where to look and what to ask. Much of our work is information, and none of it is classified. Predictable behavior, casual conversations, routine acquisitions, and other sources such as the Internet can provide much important information to adversaries. We must be careful of what we are revealing - failure to do so could provide our adversaries with the information they need to execute additional terrorist acts.

The DOL OPSEC program includes the following activities:

  • Providing OPSEC briefings and technical assistance,
  • Issuing OPSEC alerts, and
  • Promoting OPSEC awareness to DOL and contract employees.

For more information, please contact the Department of Labor Emergency Management Center at:
Phone: (202) 693-7555
E-mail: eoc@dol.gov