News | Aug. 17, 2021

DCSA Releases ISL 2021-02, “SEAD 3,"

Clarification and Guidance on Reportable Activities for cleared contractors under DoD cognizance.  The ISL provides clarity on reporting requirements for all covered individuals who have access to classified information.  The ISL additionally advises that cleared contractors under DoD cognizance must implement the change in 32 Code of Federal Regulation Part 117, “National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual,” Rule effective August 24, 2021.

DoD has amended 32 CFR Part 117, the NISPOM Rule to extend the compliance date solely for reporting and pre-approval of unofficial foreign travel as prescribed in SEAD 3, until no later than 18 months from the effective date of the rule for those contractors under DoD security cognizance.  The reporting of the foreign travel component of SEAD 3 will begin August 24, 2022. 

Cleared industry under DoD cognizance should consult with their government customers for any additional foreign travel reporting requirements for those personnel who have SCI or SAP access and/or additional contractual reporting requirements.

DSCA will incorporate the assessment of compliance with the SEAD 3 reporting requirements with the exception of foreign travel as noted above, that begin on August 24, 2021, into scheduled assessments no earlier than March 1, 2022.

Resources for SEAD 3 implementation can be found at and include Industry SEAD 3 Reporting Webinar Recording, SEAD 3 Frequently Asked Questions, and a SEAD 3 Reporting Desk Top Aid.  Click here to view the ISL.

Additional industrial security letter guidance for 32 CFR Part 117, NISPOM Rule (insider threat, SF-328, DISS, and consolidated article) that have been coordinated through the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee (NISPPAC) continue to be processed and coordinated for issuance.  Cleared industry will be informed when they are approved and posted.