Friday, March 23, 2012

FSO Training-Get Some

Facility Security Officers (FSOs) wear many hats. Depending on the size of company and mission, they can be completely dedicated to security or serve as FSOs as one of many additional duties. Regardless of where their responsibilities lie, all FSOs should be very aware of NISPOM requirements.

When it comes to training, FSOs should be able to effectively train cleared employees of these NISPOM and Contract Security Classification Specification (DD Form 254) requirements.

Training requirements vary not only based on mission, but also depend on whether or not the facility is cleared as possessing or non-possessing. A possessing facility is authorized to store and work classified information in the cleared facility. A non-possessing facility cannot.

Objectives of the FSO Program Management Course are to prepare the FSO to implement and direct a NISPOM based security program in their cleared contractor facility. DSS offers online courses to both possessing and non-possessing facility FSOs. The training includes, but is not limited to the following topics:

Protecting classified material – The FSO learns how to protect classified information in a cleared contractor facility. This includes receipt, accountability, storage, dissemination and destruction of classified material.

Personnel security clearances – The FSO gains an understanding of the personnel security clearance request procedure, briefing techniques and maintenance of personnel clearances.

Facility clearance –The FSO learns how FCLs are established. They are also taught which records and activities are required to maintain the FCL.

Exports compliance and international operations – International business opportunities abound in a global economy. FSOs receive instruction on how to prevent unauthorized disclosure of critical technology, controlled export and military classified information. Companies can thrive in such an environment provided they can advise or execute Departments of State and Commerce licenses and agreements as required.

FSO duties – The FSO should understand not only the job description, but how to communicate with management and fellow employees. Responsibilities include accountability while implementing and directing a security program to protect classified material and NISPOM requirements.

Contract security classification specification (DD Form 254) – This is the vital piece of the classified contract. The FSO cannot execute or allow access to a classified contract unless they possess the customer issued DD Form 254. The FSO also understands how the DD Form 254 is constructed and how to provide input to better meet security requirements.

Security classification guides – As the DD Form 254 provides authorization to execute a classified contract, the SCG provides the “how to” instruction. All employees performing classified work consult the guide to understand what is classified and how to provide the required protection.

Security administration and records keeping –The FSO is expected to provide original documentation on Foreign Ownership Control or Influence, facility clearances, SF 312, training completion and classified inventory and disposition. Additionally, some records are not authorized for retention such as the completed Security Clearance application or SF 86 (as of 2006 they are destroyed once investigation is complete). Defense Security Service reviews required documentation during the annual security inspection.

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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,and The NISPOM

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