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Plan A Superior Year

Plan A Superior Year

Plan a Superior Security Year! When I first became FSO, it was not my only hat at the company. I handled all of the human resources. I handled marketing. I handled payroll. I sent company memos. I attended all meetings. I created email accounts and electronic timesheets. I organized all company events … the list […]

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The Overworked Executive

The Overworked Executive

You are really, really, busy at your organization – does that make you a good FSO? Katherine* was the Office Manager/FSO at her organization.   She was praised for working extremely hard.   Staying late and coming in on weekends, led to her promotion and expanded responsibilities.     She wore “five different hats” in the organization and was […]

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5 Actions That Can Improve your FSO Work Right Now!

5 Actions That Can Improve your FSO Work Right Now!

1) Take stock – have you ever developed “metrics” for your executive management or business developers?   You can provide: Percentage of cleared personnel or number of classified contracts Amount of revenue from Classified Contracts Breakdown of types of contracts by Department or Branch of Service Provide them with an at-a-glance snapshot and show them you […]

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Signs Your Business is Ready for FSO Support

Signs Your Business is Ready for FSO Support

 Ed* is the owner of a small defense contracting business. Last year, he went through the (somewhat painful) process of getting his organization cleared. He did all the work for eFCL and obtained his token and JPAS account.   He even figured out how to indoctrinate his five employees into JPAS so they can access their […]

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7 Daily Routines of Exceptional Facility Security Officers

7 Daily Routines of Exceptional Facility Security Officers

Morning 1) First things first:   Check JPAS for notifications and Issues Every Facility Security Officer (FSO) should check JPAS first thing.   Not only will your account lock on you if you don’t log in on a regular basis, but this is the best way to maintain accurate records on your cleared personnel.   Don’t just log […]

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The Upside of Bad News

The Upside of Bad News

Years ago, my father had a heart attack.   It was scary and horrible. However, after that day he made significant lifestyle changes that he would never had considered prior to that event.   I am happy to say that he is still with us – working, laughing, loving and living.  I believe this extension of life […]

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Mastering DD254s

Jennie* was excited about her Security Vulnerability Assessment.   As an FSO, she worked hard on her security program and wanted to make a good impression to her IS Representative and company management.   This was the first year that Jennie had subcontractors on the organization’s classified contracts. To prepare the correct security guidance for her subs, […]

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