What great FSO’s read!
While I can’t be sure, this is almost certainly what Dan looks like….. Probably.
We Love Our Fan!Dan, our good friend (and Fan!) likes to think of new ways we can help FSOs. We like this. He thinks of things he needs as an FSO and we think of creative, user-friendly ways to help meet those needs.
Be Like Dan!Believe me when I say, we wish you all did this. The FSO Success Collective… aka FSO Superheroes (thank you, Kenneth, for our tribe name) all have the same mission: Safeguard classified information and be NISPOM compliant (more or less). However, our goal is to provide hacks, tips, checklists, videos, etc., that make all your daily duties a bit easier. Be like Dan (and Shannon, our other Fan!) and help us come up with those! My copious amounts of coffee can only help me with so many ideas. We are better together. (We will share Dan’s new favorite in a minute …)
- Make sure you can log into your organization’s NISS account.
- Create your own folder of “FSO Email Verbiage” to save time with personnel.
- Review your instructions to ensure they are user- friendly.
- Log into JPAS and any other timed data base so I don’t get locked out.
- Remove any personnel who should not be in JPAS by out-processing or contract ending.
- Present an “SVA Over- view” to Executive Management to build buy-in.
- Look at the expiration dates on your classified contracts (DD254) and coordinate with your Con- tracts Administrator to see if they are being ex- tended or ending soon for de-briefings if necessary.
- Save the Date for the “Red Dart Summit” in April if you can drive to Raleigh.
- Send in your vote for your favorite DSS Rep!
Email Hack!As an FSO, you send a significant amount of emails. Many of these are the same topics over and over. We, at FSO PRO, have a huge file of prepared emails ready-to-go, so we can stay on top of our FSO communications. Here are a lot of the topics you can find in our “Email Verbiage” folders:
- Initial Email and Onboarding
- Annual Refresher and Annual Insider Threat Training
- Cyber Challenge & PII Training (for CACs and Cyber Awareness Month)
- Proof of Citizen instructions for new clearances
- eQIP Instructions (we put the part about “unknown” for city of birth in Red)
- Troubleshooting Tips for eQIP (we explain how the city of birth is “unknown” even though they know where they were born)
- How to resubmit your eQIP to synch with fingerprints
- Privacy Act Statement Email
- SF86 “destruction” email
- SF312 Instructions for new clearances.
- The Under Secretary of Defense’s Memo & Security Clearances
- Information about Perspecta Investigators
- How to report & mitigate adverse information
- Caution about travel to certain countries or cannabis usage
- Pre-Foreign Defensive Travel Briefing
- Post-Foreign Travel De-Briefing
- Inspection (SVA) Prep Emails to the Staff
- Separation, Debriefing, and off-boarding.
I napped for 18 hours to write this newsletter. Lifehack.
(Canned sitcom laughter)
Dan’s Hack!True Story: Dan is a great FSO and was hired by a super-large company that is only just now working as a cleared facility. They have never had a DSS Security Vulnerability Assessment and want to ensure they are prepared for it. Dan decided the best way to help his Executive Management know how he is going to prepare for the SVA, and how they can support his work as he prepares, was to give them an overview of what was involved. At FSO PRO, we attend and help prepare 3- 5 SVAs a month, so we were able to help him with this project. He liked it, he used it, and he asked us to share it with our FSOs (Dan is just great!).
- Take & Return Calls/emails quickly
- Provide Resources
- Problem Solve
- Help Expedite
- Solicit FSO Feedback
- Track down support & More!
* Coffee Mugs!
* Membership Clubs!
* Training Videos!
* One Hour FSO Support!
* SVA Prep!
FSO PRO thanks all the FSOs out there for everything you do to keep the warfighter safe. Even the smallest task is designed to keep our nation’s information out of the hands of those who would do harm. We, as FSOs, are doing our part to stay vigilant and determined to protect those who protect us, even in our own small way.
That is why we say how awesome you are. And thank you.