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Confidential Business Information under TSCA

TSCA CBI Training - Document Management

Transferring/Transmitting TSCA CBI

Except for working papers, TSCA CBI can be transferred from one employee to another through their respective DCOs as long as the receiving employee has been approved for CBI access.

CBI can also be transmitted during telephone conversations. But, be warned that voicemail is not secure! Generally speaking, CBI must never be left in your voicemail. You can discuss CBI on the telephone with other federal or contractor employees with TSCA CBI access authority. However, both parties to a telephone call are responsible for verifying that the other is authorized for TSCA CBI access. If you are speaking with a submitter, you have to tell them that any further information provided in the telephone conversation can be claimed as confidential. It's also a good idea to keep a log of any calls during which TSCA CBI is discussed.

A few final words on transmitting/transfer of CBI. Only EPA and contractor DCOs may transfer and receive TSCA CBI materials via fax. CBI cannot be transmitted via e-mail except on approved Local Area Networks (LAN).