Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)

Responsible Parties for NISP

The Information Security Oversight Office

Executive Order 12829 requires the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) to exercise policy oversight on behalf of the National Security Council. ISOO's responsibilities include implementing and monitoring the NISP and overseeing agency, contractor, licensee, and grantee actions in order to ensure that they comply with Executive Order 12829. ISOO also reviews all agency implementing regulations, internal rules or guidelines, as well as conducting on-site reviews of the implementation of the NISP by each agency, contractor, licensee, and grantee that has access to or stores classified information. Additionally, ISOO reports annually to the President on the implementation of the NISP.

Secretary of Defense

The NISP assigns operational oversight to the Secretary of Defense, who acts as the Executive Agent of the NISP, and has final responsibility for issuing and maintaining the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). The NISPOM gives practical application to the objectives of the NISP by serving as the single regulatory standard for the NISP. It's a living document that is constantly being reviewed and updated to fit the changing landscape of industrial security. As the Executive Agent, the Secretary of Defense also provides cost information on the implementation of the NISP.

Defense Security Service

The Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS) administers the NISP on behalf of the Secretary of Defense and user agencies. In conjunction with these responsibilities, DSS is responsible for inspecting and monitoring the contractors, licensees, and grantees that require access to classified information.

Other current DSS initiatives, include the Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP), Facility Verification Request (FVR), the Joint Personnel Adjudicating System (JPAS), and the Defense Clearance and Investigations Index (DCII).

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