Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) organized an informative training for its members on Facility Security Officer Personnel. Federal Government security professional, Jennifer Brown, is an expert in helping companies navigate the facility clearance process and develop policies and procedures, as well as best practices to ensure compliance and build strong security programs. Ms. Brown possesses over 15 years of overall industrial and personnel security management experience and over 10 years of FOCI security management government agencies and all military branches, and she’s a well-known SME in the industry.

More frequently, US Government agencies are requiring companies holding contracts with federal agencies to employ a staff member to perform the duties of a Facility Security Officer and possess a clearance with a facility security clearance. This may be a requirement of the granting authority.

The Facility Security Officer (FSO) position plays an integral role in ensuring the effective implementation of a FOCI mitigation agreement. In addition to serving as the principle advisor to the Government Security Committee (GSC), an FSO is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the FOCI mitigation agreement requirements. Ms. Brown provided an overview of the primary roles and responsibilities of an FSO relating to FOCI are:

  • Abide by and enforce the mitigation agreement in place;
  • Ensure the Facility’s officers, directors, and employees comply with the provisions of the Facility’s mitigation agreement;
  • Advise the GSC;
  • Assist the GSC in the development and implementation of the Technology Control Plan (TCP), Electronic Communications Plan (ECP), and Visitation Procedures;
  • Ensure Affiliated Services being provided between the FOCI Company and the Affiliates that have been approved in advance by the GSC and DSS;
  • For instances with potential FOCI Collocation, assist the GSC in developing and submitting a Facilities Location Plan (FLP) for DSS review and approval;
  • Maintain day-to-day oversight to ensure all Affiliated Services, FLPs, TCPs, ECPs, and Visitation Procedures are fully implemented and effectively mitigate the FOCI;
  • Ensure that DSS (through the IS Rep) is advised of any known attempts to violate any provision of the Facility’s mitigation agreement or relevant U.S. government contract provisions related to security, U.S. export control laws, or the NISP; and
  • Communicate any material changes to the IS Rep early and often.

The SBAIC FSO training event was well attended with 13 members who participated. SBAIC will offer this training again in the fall. Members who are interested in attending should contact SBAIC’s membership coordinator, Stacey Lincoln at memberservices@sbaic.org for more details.