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National Industrial Security Program (NISP)


The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) was established by Executive Order 12829 to ensure that cleared U.S. defense industry safeguards the classified information in their possession while performing work on contracts, programs, bids, or research and development efforts.

DCSA administers the NISP on behalf of the Department of Defense and 33 other federal agencies. There are approximately 13,000 contractor facilities that are cleared for access to classified information under DCSA’s security oversight responsibilities. DCSA provides field personnel, Government Contracting Agencies (GCAs) and cleared contractors with timely, consistent policy guidance and to provide effective interpretation of the NISP.

NISP Signatories

The Secretary of Defense has entered into agreements with the departments and agencies listed below for the purpose of rendering industrial security services.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration United States Agency for International Development
Department of Commerce Nuclear Regulatory Commission
General Services Administration Department of Education
Department of State Department of Health and Human Services
Small Business Administration Department of Homeland Security
National Science Foundation Federal Communications Commission
Department of the Treasury Office of Personnel Management
Department of Transportation National Archives and Records Administration
Department of the Interior Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Department of Agriculture Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Labor Millennium Challenge Corporation
Environmental Protection Agency Executive Office of the President
Department of Justice Social Security Administration
Federal Reserve System United States Postal Service
Government Accountability Office Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)
United States Trade Representative Department of Veterans Affairs
United States International Trade Commission