Monday, October 3, 2011

3 Important Uses of the DD Form 254

In addition to the NISPOM, there is another critical piece of information for creating a lasting and significant security program and good classification management; the DD Form 254.
The Contract Security Classification Specification (DD Form 254) authorizes classified work performance and conveys the security classification specifications and guidelines for classification in the performance of a classified contract.

The DD Form 254 is provided to both the contractor and cognizant security offices when work is subcontracted to a supplier/vendor requiring access to or generation of classified material.
So why is this important to you?

 It provides authorization for a contractor company to hold and or perform on classified contracts. The DD 254 justifies the need to access classified information and how and where the contractor is expected to perform. This justification also addresses the level of clearance at which the facility and employees should be approved.

 It also provides the following information:
• The classification level the work will be performed.
• Any caveat access or any special briefing needed.
• Whether we can receive or generate classified information at our facility.
• Whether or not AIS processing is allowed.
• Exchange classified information/or visit another facility.
• Classify/declassify information and what Security Classification Guides will be used.
• Disposition of classified material involved with the contract
• Whether or subcontracting is authorized
• Any other requirements as set forth by the User Agency.

The 254 cuts through the fog of classification management, provides control and accountability of classified work and can be a foundation for security refresher training. It also serves as a basis for constructing a detailed and efficient security awareness program.

FSOs can better implement requirements of the 254 through the following steps.
1.  Become familiar with the classified contract(s) and the requirements of the 254.
2.  Know the contract numbers as well as what is allowed since each contract is unique.
3.  Use contract or subcontract numbers in the Information Management System, while logging in classified documents, processing clearances, and preparing visit requests. Better yet, use this tool to become an expert on building and implementing a security program to protect classified information

Jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP is the owner of Red Bike Publishing Red Bike Publishing . Jeff is an accomplished writer of non-fiction books, novels and periodicals. He also owns Red bike Publishing. Published books include: "Get Rich in a Niche-Insider's Guide to Self Publishing in a Specialized Industry" and "Commitment-A Novel". Jeff is an expert in security and has written many security books including: "Insider's Guide to Security Clearances" and "DoD Security Clearances and Contracts Guidebook", "ISP Certification-The Industrial Security Professional Exam Manual", and NISPOM/FSO Training" See Red Bike Publishing for print copies of: Army Leadership The Ranger Handbook The Army Physical Readiness Manual Drill and Ceremonies The ITAR The NISPOM

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