Though not as sinister and espionage riddled as most savvy spy novels, export compliance is an issue that will get defense contractors in trouble. Violating State Department regulations will bring the weight of the US Government on the offending company. According to the International Traffic In Arms Regulation, ITAR, “Any person who engages in the United States in the business of either manufacturing or exporting defense articles or furnishing defense services is required to register”.
Security clearances should be kept to the minimum amount necessary to perform the classified work, access to that classified information must be kept to only those with a valid need to perform on the government work. Security clearance verification cannot provide need to know. Just because one has a clearance doesn’t mean they should be authorized access. Need to know is based on a contractual or work performance basis.
A leader can form an HPT from all business units. Since the FSO is responsible for creating a security program to protect classified information, they may either suggest or take the lead and form the group. Once in the group, the individuals begin to discuss the vision, norms and etc.
Personnel Security Clearances
Facility Security Clearance
✓Become a CDC Contractor
✓Determine security requirements for SECRET, TOP SECRET and SCI Clearances
✓Establish a security team to protect classified information
✓Develop and provide required security training
✓Prepare for government inspections
✓Interpret Contract specifications
✓Fight Insider threat
✓Learn Security clearance levels
✓Process Classified information
✓Prepare Derivative Classification
✓Provide required Security Training
✓Appointing a Facility Security Officer
✓Prepare for Government Audits