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Cyber Explore - Fundamentals of Cyber

This learning experience is designed for professionals new to the cyber realm.  It introduces users to the computer's component layers and associated functions, virtualization concepts, and security methods.

Federal Partners Outreach

 

The following materials are provided to support Federal government department and agencies in countering foreign intelligence threats.  All materials may be downloaded.  For questions about the materials, please contact the Federal Partner Outreach Team via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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CFIT Workforce Awareness Briefing

The following materials are provided to support Federal government department and agencies in countering foreign intelligence threats.  All materials may be downloaded.  For questions about the materials, please contact the Federal Partner Outreach Team via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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CFIT Workforce Awareness Briefing

Continuous Evaluation - Overview

 

In his role as the Security Executive Agent (SecEA), the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) established the Continuous Evaluation (CE) Program within the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC).  CE, a personnel security investigative process, is part of the security clearance reform effort to modernize personnel security processes and increase the timeliness of information reviewed between periodic reinvestigation cycles. CE supplements and enhances, but does not replace, established personnel security processes by leveraging automated records checks to assist in the ongoing review of an individual’s eligibility for access to classified information or to hold a sensitive position.  NCSC provides oversight and guidance for implementing CE across the executive branch and is developing the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) CE System, a technical solution to conduct the automated records checks that are the core of CE. 

Security Clearance Reform - Current Status

 

Since IRTPA and E.O. 13467, the SecEA has instituted a variety of reform efforts to improve background investigation and adjudication timeliness, improve the quality of information used to make security clearance decisions, compile system-wide metrics, and assess and oversee personnel security program implementation across the executive branch.  With increasing cybersecurity threats and incidents, and large classified information leaks coupled with background investigation backlogs, there will be the need to drive continuous and future security clearance reforms.

 

As the SecEA, the DNI is the champion for reform activities that include the issuance of guidance, training, oversight, and implementation assessment that are vital for standardizing and improving Executive Branch personnel security programs. The Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) serves in support of the DNI’s role as SecEA to develop, implement, oversee and integrate personnel security initiatives throughout the U.S. Government.

 

Recent reform activities have focused on the following:

 

  • The 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) requires the President to submit an annual report on security clearance determinations to Congress and directs this report to include the number of U.S. Government employees and contractors who hold a security clearance at each level.  SecEA gathers performance metrics government-wide on the timeliness of personnel security investigations, adjudication and reciprocal actions.
  • The SecEA issues Executive Correspondence and Security Executive Agent Directives (SEADs) as a primary means of disseminating national security policy and requirements in order to institutionalize reform initiatives, provide a foundation to government-wide personnel security policies, and conduct oversight of processes related to security clearances and sensitive national security positions.
  • In 2012 the Federal Investigative Standards (FIS) were jointly issued by Security and Suitability Executive Agents.  FIS is a critical security clearance reform initiative that established new federal investigative criteria to conduct background investigations to determine eligibility for logical and physical access, suitability for U.S. Government (USG) employment, eligibility for access to classified information or to hold a sensitive position, and fitness to perform work for or on behalf of the USG as a contractor employee.
  • SecEA considers Agency Head requests for delegated authority, or modification of their existing authority, to conduct personnel security investigations and adjudications.
  • Ensuring reciprocal recognition among the USG agencies for eligibility of access to classified information and eligibility to hold a sensitive position, including acting as the final authority to arbitrate and resolve disputes involving the reciprocity of investigations and eligibility determinations.
  • Reducing the backlog of periodic reinvestigations (PR).  The SecEA issued guidance directing agencies to prioritize out of scope background investigations and focus on their required PRs.  The FY 16 Omnibus Appropriation, H.R. 2029-673 requires the DNI to develop a plan to eliminate the backlog of PRs.
  • Expansion of eAdjudication (electronic adjudication) to other types of national security and suitability investigations offers the opportunity to improve clearance processing and permit adjudicators to focus on investigations presenting adjudicative issues.
  • The Quality Assessment Standards (QAS) were approved by the PAC on 22 January 2015.  The QAS Implementation Plan was approved 1 April 2016, which identified separate milestones for Departments and Agencies (D/As) that are only assessing the quality of background investigations (BIs) and those D/As that are responsible for conducting BIs and assessing their quality.

Security Clearance Reform - Overview

 

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) called for improvements in the U.S. Government’s security clearance processes.  The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence co-authored a charter to establish a Joint IC/DoD Security Clearance Reform Team that convened on 18 June 2007.  Additionally, Executive Order (E.O.) 13467, Reforming Processes Related to Suitability for Government Employees, Fitness for Contractor Employees, and Eligibility for Access to National Security Information, and Executive Order 13764 amended and clarified several personnel security-related statutory and executive authorities when creating the DNI’s Security Executive Agent (SecEA) role.  The SecEA is a key figure with Security Clearance Reform and is a Principal member on the Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council (PAC).  Chaired by Office of Management and Budget, the PAC is the principal interagency forum for ensuring the alignment of security clearance and suitability processes across the Executive Branch. 

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