Will mistakes cause you to lose your Personnel Clearance? Holding a Personnel Clearance comes with a pretty strict set of standards for your conduct as both an employee and a private citizen. Whether it’s the standards found in 32 CFR Part 117, NISPOM, or the requirements you have to adhere to, like reporting requirements from Security Executive Agent Directive 3 (SEAD 3), cleared employees are … [Read more...] about What puts your PCL at risk?
The FCL Process (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGCH_-gXmIc The facility clearance (FCL) process can be intimidating, as can all the acronyms you encounter along the way. But it’s relatively straightforward if you’re prepared. Follow the steps outlined in this video, and you’ll be on your way to having a cleared facility. … [Read more...] about The FCL Process (Video)
Enforcing Good Document Control in Your Cleared Facility
How can you improve document control of classified information? If your company holds a Facility Clearance (FCL), good document control is a key part of maintaining your clearance and preserving national security. The standards for how facilities need to manage their document control can be found in 32 CFR part 117, NISPOM. Responsibility for maintaining good document control falls on the … [Read more...] about Enforcing Good Document Control in Your Cleared Facility
How Do You Obtain a Personnel Clearance?
Understanding how to navigate the PCL process A Personnel Clearance (PCL) is a necessity for all employees who work with classified information. An employee can’t obtain a PCL without being hired onto a government contract, and once they are, their clearance will take an average of two to eight months to obtain, though it may take more or less time depending on their individual … [Read more...] about How Do You Obtain a Personnel Clearance?
What is CUI?
Understand how to identify and send Controlled Unclassified Information If you hold a personnel clearance (PCL), it’s likely you will at some point work with Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). CUI is sensitive information that isn’t classified but still needs some level of protection and safeguarding. If CUI is obtained by adversaries, it can put you and your company at risk, and … [Read more...] about What is CUI?
What You Need to Know About the GSA Black Label Container Phase-Out
Will you be affected by the phase-out of older GSA-approved containers? All Black Label General Services Administration (GSA) approved containers will have to be phased out and replaced through a plan that will span four years starting in 2024. Black Label containers are cabinets and vault doors manufactured from 1954 to 1989. The phase-out will begin with the oldest of these containers. Class … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About the GSA Black Label Container Phase-Out
Enforcing an Office Security Plan Through Leadership
How to motivate your personnel to be compliant with office security measures When your company works with classified information, you need a security plan in place for a variety of things, from how the information will be stored to how the facility will be opened and closed each day. Requirements for these security plans exist in documents like the ICD 705 Technical Specifications, or Tech … [Read more...] about Enforcing an Office Security Plan Through Leadership
How to Fill Out the SF 86 for a Personnel Clearance
Common pitfalls to avoid when filling out SF 86 for your PCL If you’re looking to obtain a Secret or Top Secret Personnel Clearance (PCL), you will need to fill out a Standard Form (SF) 86. This form provides the Vetting Risk Office (VRO) with information they will then verify before you can receive your PCL. It can also be used in a periodic reinvestigation of those who already hold a PCL and … [Read more...] about How to Fill Out the SF 86 for a Personnel Clearance
FAQs About the New NISPOM Rule
Answers to frequently asked questions about 32 CFR Part 117 The National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) went through a major change in February of 2021. The document, which was formally a DoD manual, is now a federal rule known as 32 CFR Part 117. This also came with new definitions for a major role and changes in some requirements. How does a federal rule differ from a DoD … [Read more...] about FAQs About the New NISPOM Rule