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Happy New Fiscal Year!

Happy New Fiscal Year!

FSO Success Let Auld Accountants Be Forgot...? Happy New Fiscal Year! Kids have a new school year in August, India kicks off a new year in April, Alaska celebrates in March when the snow and ice begin thawing, the Jewish new year is in September... but for Defense Contractors, the “new year” is that September [...]
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Checklist: What should I be doing this month?

Checklist: What should I be doing this month?

□ Log into JPAS and any other timed data base so I don’t get locked out. □ Run a personnel report to review the status of all personnel – does their non-SCI access match their contractual work? □ Remove any personnel who should not be in JPAS. □ Run a PR report to determine who […]

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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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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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