Paragraphs 2-303(c)(2)(a)&(b) of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), dated February 28, 2006, contains guidance regarding National Interest Determinations (NIDs). In order for a company cleared under a Special Security Agreement (SSA) to have access to proscribed information (i.e., Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information, Special Access Program, Communication Security, and Restricted Data), the Government must approve a NID that release of proscribed information to the company shall not harm the national security interests of the United States. The NID can be program, project, or contract specific. A separate NID is not required for each contract under a program or project.
Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 15-002, “Policy Guidance for the Processing of National Interest Determinations (NIDs) in Connection with Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI),” was signed by the USD(I) on February 11, 2015. The DTM establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides additional direction and clarification to existing NID policy. Specifically, the DTM gives DSS the authority to propose NIDs on behalf of the Government Contracting Activities (GCA). The NISPOM continues to provide guidance to NISP contractors regarding actions and issues related to FOCI and NIDs. The determination of the need for a NID or its request is never the responsibility of the contractor.
Please direct all correspondence related to NIDs to the FOCI National Interest Determination Mailbox: email@example.com. The following mailboxes are also available should correspondence require a higher classification: SIPR: firstname.lastname@example.org; JWICS: email@example.com.
National Interest Determination Roles