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Government Terms "SCIF"

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (1)
A Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF; pronounced "skiff") is an enclosed area within a building that is used to process Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) level classified information. SCI is classified information concerning or derived from intelligence sources, methods, or analytical processes, which is required to be handled within formal access control systems established by the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI). Some entire buildings are SCIFs where all but the front foyer is secure. Access to SCIFs is limited, and all of the activity and conversation inside is presumed restricted from public disclosure. A SCIF can also be located in a mobile configuration and can be deployed using air, ground or maritime resources.

Government Terms "OSS"

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM Comments comments (2)
OSS or Open Secret Storage.  This is an area within a building that requires special access.  This area is protected in many ways from intruders.  This An area approved by the USGS Security Manager for the open storage of Secret or Confidential classified information. This includes areas where classified information is normally or frequently displayed, such as charts, maps, drawings, photographs, equipment, or conference rooms where classified information is being discussed. This does not include an office in which classified information is sporadically discussed or displayed and action can be taken by occupants to prevent disclosure.

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