Companies entering into the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) are required to obtain a facility security clearance (FCL). An FCL is an administrative determination that a company is eligible for access to classified information of a certain category. A company must meet certain requirements before it can be processed for an FCL (NISPOM 2-102). A company is not eligible for an FCL if a reasonable basis exists to conclude that the nature and extent of its FOCI factors are such that foreign dominance over the management of the operations of the facility may adversely impact the performance of classified contracts. Accordingly, a company entering into the NISP is required to complete a Certificate Pertaining to Foreign Interest (SF-328) and other supporting documents to determine the source and extent of the FOCI. All documentation must be submitted via the Electronic Facility Clearance (e-FCL) system. Once a company is sponsored for a facility clearance, the DSS Facilities Clearance Branch will contact the company with a Welcome Package to include e-FCL registration instructions.
Once a company completes an e-FCL package it will be initially reviewed by a local Industrial Security Representative to ensure accuracy and completeness. After this initial review the completed e-FCL package will be forwarded to DSS Headquarters for final review. If it is determined that FOCI is present, a FOCI Action Officer from DSS Headquarters will contact the company within a week of receiving the e-FCL package regarding any additional documentation that may be needed. Once all documentation has been received from a company related to its FOCI, a DSS Headquarters FOCI Action Officer will contact the company within 30 days regarding any requirement for FOCI mitigation. A company's inability to provide all the documentation needed to adjudicate its FOCI or emplace FOCI mitigation will result in discontinuation of the FCL process.