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Industrial Security

The Industrial Security Program (ISP) supports Department operating units, bureaus and offices through the grant and contract solicitations and awards involving personnel requiring access to classified information, operations or facilities with a properly completed Department of Defense Contract Security Classification Specification (DD 254) as documented by the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual at 32 CFR Part 117.7 (h)(2)(ii).

Facility Clearance 

Classified contracts require finding a company with an active Facility Clearance (FCL). The FCL status, confirmed by Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), designates the organization’s eligibility to access classified information. The company will provide contractors with active personal clearances to complete the contract.

ISP confirms the FCL of company before personnel are assigned to the task. FCL confirmation begins with company Commercial And Government Entity (CAGE) Code. A CAGE Code is assigned by the Defense Logistics Agency. DCSA tracks the FCL status of cleared companies to confirm the level and status of the FCL.

The FCL is recorded on the DD254, which confirms that the company is qualified to complete a National Security Information project. The DD254 outlines the company’s obligation to protect classified information, access requirements and performance obligations.

Personnel Clearance 


Classified Contractor In/Out-Processing Procedures

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  • To process a classified contractor for a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card, contract personnel must first meet the following requirements:
  • Company FSO sends a verified access request memo for collateral clearance on company letterhead to the contracting officer representative and ISP at OSY_industrialsecurity@doc.gov.
  • Full Name: (First, Middle, Last)
  • SSN
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Date clearance granted
  • Position Title
  • Date and Type of Current Background Investigation
  • Purpose of Visit
  • Date(s) of Visit (Up to One Year)
  • Point of Contact at Department of Commerce
  • Point of Contact Telephone Number
  • Facility Security Officer Signature
  • Company sends copy of signed SF312

Sensitive compartmented information (SCI) access requires a request memo sent to osy_persec@doc.gov and dsso@doc.gov after the collateral clearance is recorded. An active Top Secret clearance is required. The Designated Special Security Officer will read-in SCI access after receiving approval. SCI debriefing will be required before personnel departure.


  • It is necessary that the following procedures be followed for all out-processing contractors.
  • Complete from a computer keyboard the HCHB Contractor Out-Processing Form. 
  • The contracting officer representative will notify ISP at osy_industrialsecurity@doc.gov of the departure date.
  • Before departure date Classified contractors with SCI access will email dsso@doc.gov to schedule an SCI debriefing.
  •  Either email the completed form to hchbsecurity@doc.gov or return the completed, printed form to the HCHB Security Service Center (Rm. 1522) along with the PIV card and any other government-issued keys and/or access cards.