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2020 Cogswell industrial security award program

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 56th annual NCMS Annual Seminar in June, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) will announce the 2020 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award winners on July 30, 2020, in lieu of conducting a ceremony. The information on the 2020 awardees will be posted to the DCSA website and its social media sites. Additionally, DCSA will publish the award winners in the August Voice of Industry (VOI) newsletter. After the announcement is made, the awards will be mailed directly to the recipients, and a DCSA representative will present the awards to the leadership of each winning facility at a mutually convenient time, either in person (when travel is deemed safe), or virtually. DCSA looks forward to announcing the well deserving winners of the Cogswell award for 2020.


Additional COVID-19 NISP Authorization Guidance
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Overdue PR DQI Recall
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