504.475 Return of classified information.

      (a)  Contracting officers must recover classified information, unless it has been destroyed as provided in Section 7 of Chapter 5 of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). Information on NISPOM can be found at https://fas.org/sgp/index.html.

      (b)  Contracting officers must ensure that classified information provided by the government is returned immediately after any of the following events:

           (1)  Bid opening or closing date for receipt of proposals by non-responding offerors.

           (2)  Contract award by unsuccessful offerors.

           (3)  Termination or completion of the contract.

           (4)  Notification that authorization to release classified information has been withdrawn.

           (5)  Notification that a facility:

                (i)  Does not have adequate means to safeguard classified information; or

                (ii)  Has had its security clearance revoked or inactivated.

           (6)  Whenever otherwise instructed by the authority responsible for the security classification.

      (c)  The Government agency that provided classified information to a GSA contractor is responsible for the return of the information.