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Key Programs

Physical Security Program staff: develop a comprehensive physical security program to protect the agency’s facility, property, information, and personnel assets in accordance with Federal standards and regulations; evaluate and certify risk assessment surveys; prioritize the physical security effort; and recommend funding for countermeasures.

Overseas Security Program staff: manage the program to deliver services to the United States and Foreign Commercial Service; and with the Department of State, coordinate the provisions of all State-Commerce security agreements.

Investigations and Intelligence Programs staff conduct investigations to identify and/or assess threats to the Department’s mission, operations, or activities and protect Department personnel, facilities, property, or assets, including proactively collaborating with other law enforcement and national security entities regarding criminal intelligence, protective intelligence, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism matters with a security nexus. Program staffs are also responsible for requiring and receiving related information from Department components and security officials; conducting due diligence inquiries upon the request of the Office of the Secretary; and producing reports of investigation and intelligence, threat assessments, and briefings for the Director and appropriate stakeholders.

Foreign National Visitor/Guest Information

Information Security Program staff: develop, coordinate, and disseminate all Departmental policies relating to the handling and protection of classified information; manage the Department’s program that provides for the protection of classified national security in accordance with E.O. 12958, as amended, Intelligence Community Directives, and other applicable laws, E.O.s, directives, and regulations; develop professional standards and comprehensive security education and awareness program activities to enhance employee knowledge of security requirements, including personal protection, hostile intelligence threats, proper management of classified and sensitive information, and means of countering threats to Departmental facilities and personnel; and manage the Departmental Secure Telecommunications Program.

Personnel Security Program staff: receive and process requests for personnel security clearances for job applicants, employees, and other individuals requiring access to classified national security information at any Department location worldwide; request investigations for security clearances in accordance with E.O. 10450, as amended, E.O. 12968 and 5 CFR Chapter 1, Parts 731, 732, and 736; review and determine the status of cases involving the evaluation of adverse information in connection with the issuance of certificates of security clearance, the imposition of security restrictions on individuals, and other decisions affecting security clearances; take action, as appropriate, on withholding or withdrawing the security clearance of job applicants, employees, contractors, grantees, or other individuals, and, for employees, recommend action under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. §§ 7312 and 7531-32 and E.O.s 12968 and 10450, as amended; as requested by responsible Department officials, assist in the verification, review and evaluation of adverse information concerning Department employees, job applicants, and other individuals for the purpose of making suitability determinations (in accordance with 5 CFR Part 731 and other regulations promulgated pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 301); and review, evaluate, and take appropriate action under the provisions of E.O. 10450, as amended, and E.O. 12968, with regard to any notifications of investigation of employee misconduct received by the Director from the Office of Inspector General. Program staff administer the provisions of the National Industrial Security Program as set forth in the National Industrial Security Program Operations Manual (NISPOM). Program staff also maintain liaison with operating unit and bureau program managers and the Defense Security Service in order to provide appropriate input and response required to maintain the NISPOM.

The Continuity Program staff: manages the Departmental continuity programs consisting of the Continuity of Government (COG) and the Continuity of Operations (COOP) programs. These programs are managed in accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 and the appropriate Federal Continuity Directives. Through tests, training and exercises, the staff effectively plans for controls and evaluates all interagency level exercises for these programs, in accordance with the National Exercise Program. Additionally they oversee the involvement of the Department’s leadership in interagency senior level exercises (e.g., TOPOFF).

The Emergency Preparedness Program staff: manages the Departmental Emergency Operations Center and the overall Occupant Emergency Program for the Department and the specific Occupant Emergency Plan for the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB). Through tests, training and exercises the staff effectively plans for, controls and evaluates all interagency-level exercises for the above programs, in accordance with the National Exercise Program.

Field Security Offices: The field security offices shall be responsible for providing security oversight to operating units; coordinating searches, evacuations, and other procedures to protect persons, property and information; overseeing the emergency responses and investigations of security incidents at all Departmental facilities; developing, implementing, and maintaining a program of reviews throughout the Department to ensure appropriate compliance with all security policies promulgated by OSY; conducting a comprehensive security education and awareness program to enhance employee knowledge of security requirements; facilitating requests for personnel security clearances for job applicants, employees, and other individuals requiring access to classified national security information at any Department location worldwide; and reviewing suitability investigations for contractors of the Department.

Each field security office maintains a webpage for developed specifically for their clients:

HCHB - Office of Security at the Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington, D.C.
Census-Suitland - Office of Security at Census, Suitland, MD
Census-Jeffersonville - Office of Security at the National Processing Center, Jeffersonville, IN
NOAA - Office of Security at NOAA, Silver Spring, MD
NIST - Office of Security at NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
WRSO - Western Regional Security Office, Seattle, WA



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