Security Clearance Process

Dual Citizenship Clearance Holders to get Foreign Passports Back

The Defense Security Service (DSS) is preparing to issue a new Industrial Security Letter (ISL) providing guidance for the implementation of Security Executive Agent (SecEA) Directive 4 (SEAD 4), “National Security Adjudicative Guidelines, signed last year by the Director of National Intelligence.  Specifically, guidance is being provided regarding Guideline C: Foreign Preference and those clearance holders who hold dual citizenship and a foreign passport. No longer will they be required to surrender the passport in order to mitigate foreign preference concerns. The ISL draft goes something like this:

In accordance with SEAD 4, cleared contractors will not be required by the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudication Facility (CAF) to routinely retain or destroy foreign passports and/or identity cards as a means of mitigating security concerns for individuals who maintain dual citizenship with other countries. 

 In order to implement SEAD 4 cleared contractors who have retained a cleared employee’s foreign passport or identity card based on Department of Defense directions or personnel security adjudicative decisions will immediately return the foreign passport or identity card to the cleared employee. 

The ISL also mandates additional reporting requirements in accordance with SEAD 3 for Facility Security Officers (FSO) and their clearance holders who retain their foreign passports. These new requirements include the FSO recording an incident report into JPAS (soon to be DISS) detailing that the passport was returned and that the employee was briefed on mandatory use of a U.S. passport when exiting and entering the U.S and reporting all travel outside of the U.S. when using the foreign passport. No timeline was given for the ISL release, but I imagine it will be sooner rather than later.