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If your organization is going through the clearance process for the first time, it may seem cumbersome and confusing at first.  Learning the basics will make things a lot easier. 

FCLFacility Clearance is granted by the U.S. Department of Defense, but does not cover individuals.   

 FSOFacility Security Officer is a U.S. citizen employee who is cleared and works at a secured facility. The FSO supervises and directs security measures necessary for implementing the applicable requirements of the NISPOM and related Federal requirements for classified information.

NISPOM – The National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual is issued in accordance with the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) and prescribes the requirements, restrictions and other safeguards to prevent unauthorized disclosure of classified information.  It is the handbook of the FSO.

PCL Personnel Security Clearance is the determination that an industrial employee is eligible for access to classified information.  This determination is based on a thorough investigation and review of personal data resulting in a finding that access to information is clearly consistent with national interests.

DSS – The Defense Security Service (DSS) is an agency of the Department of Defense (DoD) located in Alexandria, Virginia with field offices throughout the United States. The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence provides authority, direction and control over DSS. DSS provides the military services, defense agencies, 23 federal agencies and approximately 13,000 cleared contractor facilities with security support services.

JPAS – The Joint Personnel Adjudication System is the official personnel security clearance database management system for DoD and other government users. All NISP-cleared contractors use this system for personnel clearance actions, including initiating requests for clearance investigations.

KMPKey Management Personnel are those employees who have control over the company (e.g., owners, officers, directors and executive personnel) and the Facility Security Officer (FSO).