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Interagency Security Committee Standards and Best Practices

 

The ISC’s mandate is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of physical security in and the protection of buildings and non-military Federal facilities in the U.S. The ISC standards apply and shall be implemented by all non-military Federal facilities in the U.S. regardless if government-owned, leased or managed; to be constructed or modernized; or to be purchased.

ISC standards and best practices can be used to help Federal security professionals implement security policies and mandatory standards. Users with a need to know may access the Interagency Security Committee standards that are For Official Use Only (FOUO). To request access, please send an e-mail to ISCAccess@DHS.gov with your full name and contact information including: email, agency name, and the reason for access.

The ISC reviews and updates its products on a regular basis. Please be sure you are using the correct version as some of the previous documents may have been superseded.

Standards                                             

August 2013/1st Edition – Risk Management Process: An Interagency Security Committee Standard: (PDF, 94 pages) This ISC Standard defines the criteria and processes those responsible for the security of a facility should use to determine facility’s security level and provides an integrated, single source of physical security countermeasures for all non-military Federal facilities. The Standard also provides guidance for countermeasure customization for Federal facilities.

This Standard incorporates the following Appendices: The Design-Basis Threat: An Interagency Security Committee Report, 8th Edition –Appendix A, The Interagency Security Committee Countermeasures – Appendix B, and The Child Care Centers Level of Protection Template – Appendix C.  The subsequent standards and guidance have been superseded by the Risk Management Process Standard:

  1. March 2008/1st Edition - Facility Security Level Determinations for Federal Facilities: An ISC Standard.
  2. June 2009/1st Edition - Use of Physical Security Performance Measures.
  3. April 2010/1st Edition - Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities: An ISC Standard.
  4. January 2012/2nd Edition - Facility Security Committees: An Interagency Security Committee Standard.


December 2013/8th Edition - Design-Basis Threat (FOUO): This report creates a profile of the type, composition, and capabilities of adversaries. The design of this document is such that it can be updated easily and correlated with the countermeasures in the ISC Risk Management Process for Federal Facilities: An Interagency Security Committee Standard. In order to keep pace with the changing nature of the threats to Federal facilities, updates to the Design-Basis Threat are made every six months and a full membership review of the document is conducted annually.

February 2013/1st Edition Items Prohibited from Federal Facilities – An ISC Standard: (PDF, 15 pages – 344.29 KB) A standard that establishes a guideline process for detailing control of prohibited items into Federal facilities and identifies responsibilities for denying entry to those individuals who attempt to enter with such items.

January 2012/1st Edition – Security Specialist Competencies, An ISC Guideline: (PDF, 24 pages – 1.7 MB) A guideline providing the range of core competencies federal security specialists should possess to perform their basic duties and responsibilities.

Best Practices

April 2013/2nd Edition – ISC – Best Practices for Armed Security Officers in Federal Facilities: (PDF, 25 pages – 499 KB) This ISC best practices document recommends a set of minimum standards to be applied to all contract armed security officers assigned to buildings and facilities in the United States occupied by Federal employees for non-military activities.

April 2013/ 1st Edition - Violence in the Federal Workplace: A Guide for Prevention and Response: (PDF, 80 pages - 823 KB) This guide provides important information to assist department and agency security planners as they address a growing issue becoming increasingly present throughout both the public and private sector: acts of violence in the workplace.

March 2013/1st Edition – ISC - Occupant Emergency Programs: An Interagency Security Committee Guide: (PDF, 39 pages – 500.21 KB) A guide to provide important information to assist department and agency security planners as they develop and review Occupant Emergency Programs for the safety and security of employees and visitors at non-military Federal facilities.

September 2012/1st Edition – CTTSO TSWG/ISC - Best Practices for Managing Mail Screening and Handling Processes: A Guide for the Public and Private Sectors (NON-FOUO): (PDF, 62 pages - 714 KB) A Non-FOUO guide for the Public and Private Sectors to provide mail center managers, their supervisors, and agency security personnel with a framework for understanding and mitigating risks posed to an organization by the mail and packages it receives and delivers on a daily basis. The original version of this document was produced with restricted dissemination and was only available to Federal Government agencies. The Interagency Security Committee has modified the document to be fully releasable to private individuals and organizations.

September 2011/1st Edition – Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, Technical Support Working Group (CTTSO TSWG)/ISC - Best Practices for Mail Screening and Handling (FOUO): A guide to provide mail center managers, their supervisors, and agency security personnel with a framework for understanding and mitigating risks posed to an organization by the mail and packages received and delivered on a daily basis.

ISC Training Courses

The ISC developed a series of online training courses to provide Federal facility security professionals, engineers, building owners, construction contractors, architects, and the general public with basic information pertaining to the ISC and its facility security standards, processes, and practices.
IS-890a – Introduction to the Interagency Security Committee: Introduction to the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) contains the ISC’s history, its mission and organization, and a basic outline of the ISC risk management process. 


IS-891 – Interagency Security Committee: Facility Security Level Determinations for Federal Facilities (FOUO): The purpose of this course is to provide Interagency Security Committee-authorized Federal personnel an overview of the process to determine the facility security level (FSL) for a Federal facility. 


IS-892 – Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities (FOUO): The purpose of this course is to provide Interagency Security Committee-authorized Federal personnel an overview of the process to determine the baseline physical security criteria and develop a list of customized countermeasures needed to protect U.S. Federal nonmilitary facilities, employees, contractors, and visitors.

IS-893 – Facility Security Committees: The purpose of this course is to provide Federal personnel with an overview of Facility Security Committees (FSCs), including: their members, their roles and responsibilities, and policies and procedures for FSC operations and decision making.

Superseded Products

  • March 2013/7th Edition -Design -Basis Threat (FUOU). Superseded/December 2013.
  • March 2008/Facility Security Level Determinations for Federal Facilities. Superseded/August 2013.
  • April 2010/Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities. Superseded/August 2013.
  • January 2012/Facility Security Committees 2nd Edition. Superseded/August 2013.
  • May 2010/Child Care Centers Level of Protection Template. Superseded/August 2013.
  • June 2009/Use of Physical Security Performance Measures. Superseded/August 2013.
  • November 2012/6th Edition - Design-Basis Threat (FOUO). Superseded/March 2013.
  • April 2012/5th Edition - Design-Basis Threat (FOUO). Superseded/November 2012.
  • November 2011/4th Edition – Design-Basis Threat (FOUO). Superseded/April 2012.
  • July 2011/1st Edition – Facility Security Committees. Superseded/January 2012.
  • April 2011/3rd Edition – Design-Basis Threat (FOUO). Superseded/November 2011.
  • November 2010/2nd Edition – Design-Basis Threat (FOUO). Superseded/April 2011.
  • April 2010/1st Edition – Design-Basis Threat (FOUO). Superseded/November 2010.
  • Augusts 2007/ISC Best Practices for Safe Mail Handling. Superseded/September 2011.
  • February 2005/Security Standards for Leased Spaces (FOUO). Superseded/April 2010.
  • September 2004/Security Design Criteria for New Federal Office Buildings and Major Modernization Projects (FOUO). Superseded/April 2010.
  • June 2003/ISC Guidance on Escape Hoods. Superseded/May 2009.

Additional Resources

Executive Order

  • Executive Order 12977, Interagency Security Committee, October 19, 1995
  • Executive Order 13286, Amendment of Executive Orders, and Other Actions, in Connection With the Transfer of Certain Functions to the Secretary of Homeland Security, February 28, 2003

Delegations

Homeland Security Presidential Directives

Reports

  • DOJ 1995 Vulnerability Assessment Report: Superseded/April 2010 (Updated in the 2008 Facility Security Level Determinations and the 2010 Physical Security Criteria).

Interagency Security Committee
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
ATTN: Executive Director
E-mail: ISC@dhs.gov

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