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SEAD 3 Toolkit

The following materials are provided to support Departments and Agencies with the implementation of the Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 3. SEAD 3 establishes reporting requirements for employees working in sensitive positions. The toolkit may be downloaded as a zip package or as individual files.

The toolkit includes:

  • Posters- to be displayed in offices spaces to remind employees of the foreign intelligence threat.
    • Human Targeting (JPG) - Foreign intelligence entities (FIEs) target employees in person
    • Social Engineering (JPG) - FIEs target employees by seeming like legitimate contacts or colleagues
    • Travel Awareness (JPG) - Reminds employees to expect no privacy when traveling overseas
    • Social Media Deception (JPG) – Reminds employees to stay vigilant when using social media for work or personal use, because FIEs target employees through social media

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


SEAD 3 Interactive Module - This module allows employees to work through a process to determine if SEAD 3 applies to them and gives a basic overview of the reporting requirements.

SEAD 3 Briefing (PDF) - This briefing is designed to be given to employees by a counterintelligence or security professional to give employees an overview of the reporting requirements.


Counterintelligence (CI) Tips

These flyers give an overview of the tactics employed by FIEs and strategies to mitigate the threat.

In October 2011, the President issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13587 establishing the National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF), under joint leadership of the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence.  As part of the E.O., the President directed federal departments and agencies, with classified networks, to establish insider threat detection and prevention programs. The E.O. directs the NITTF to assist agencies in developing and implementing their insider threat programs. In November 2012, following an extensive interagency coordination and vetting process, the President issued the National Insider Threat Policy and the Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs via a Presidential Memorandum.


NITTF Mission


The primary mission of the NITTF is to develop a Government-wide insider threat program for deterring, detecting, and mitigating insider threats, including the safeguarding of classified information from exploitation, compromise, or other unauthorized disclosure, taking into account risk levels, as well as the distinct needs, missions, and systems of individual agencies.


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Security Executive Agent

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in accordance with EO 13467, is responsible, as the Security Executive Agent (SecEA), for the development, implementation, and oversight of effective, efficient, and uniform policies and procedures governing the conduct of investigations and adjudications for eligibility for access to classified information and eligibility to hold a sensitive position. In the role of SecEA, the responsibilities of the DNI extend beyond the Intelligence Community to cover government-wide personnel security processes.

The Special Security Directorate (NCSC/SSD)

NCSC’s Special Security Directorate serves as the Executive Staff for all Security Executive Agent functions and responsibilities on behalf of the DNI.

Federal personnel vetting reform efforts by the DNI, as SecEA, are responsive to the Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council (PAC). The PAC is responsible to the President for driving implementation of Federal personnel vetting reform and for “ensuring accountability by agencies, ensuring the Suitability Executive Agent and the Security Executive Agent align their respective processes, and sustaining reform momentum.”


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