SCIF-Co-Use promotes efficiency and increases competition. It uses an existing IC asset to increase overall broadcast capacity and increases the number of suitable competitors for a given program. It allows small, innovative businesses to compete with work that would otherwise be driven out of them. Of course, small businesses are working to promote the co-use of SCIFs. And all this takes time. Co-use agreements are usually coordinated between the security office of the element that sponsored the host SCIF and the security office of the extraction or tenant element. For example, if a company has an NGO-accredited SCIF, but wants the SCIF to support an NGA program, the NGA Security Office cooperates with the NGO Security Office to ensure that all NGA rules related to SCIFs are followed. Following a thorough review, including a comparison of any waiver statement, the NGA Security Office will approve the NGA`s work under the NGO-accredited SCIF under the terms of a defined co-use agreement. You should specifically contact the host`s security offices and winning elements as soon as program-specific security requirements can be identified. Depending on the existence and nature of waiver statements, the process can be long and complex. Early and consistent coordination will slightly increase the likelihood of co-use of CFIs, but wisely. In the context of scif-Co-Use, a sponsorship element that has previously accredited a SCIF (the host), a non-sponsorship element (the “tenant” or “gain” element) allows you to use a SCIF for its own mission.
The details are negotiated, agreed and recalled in a co-use contract. The result is that IC program managers and security experts in the sector are constantly working to compensate for a tension: a political environment that, on the one hand, favors the development and approval of a co-use agreement; and, on the other hand, a practical need to reconcile declarations of renunciation. A tenant and an alleged host agree on the purpose; However, the tenant must ensure that its unique mission requirements can be met by the host`s accreditation requirements, as well as any exceptions granted by the host element to uniform security requirements. But there was a catch. Despite the DNI`s best intentions, SCIFs – like costumes – are not a “one size fits all”. A little sewing is always necessary. As I said recently by a nice IC program manager, “We have different requirements depending on the work that is done.” Thus, the original DCI provided for a narrow exception: in the case of indefinite “exceptional circumstances”, it is possible to waive uniform security requirements. In a short period of time, the diversity and complexity of ICR`s different programs has resulted in a large number of waivers..
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