August 8, 2014

SPeD Certification: Special Access Program (SAP)

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These questions are intended to be a study guide for security professionals going for their SPeD certification. These are NOT actual questions from the test.

What is a Special Access Program (SAP)?
A program established for a specific class of classified information that imposes safeguarding and access requirements that exceed those normally required for information at the same classification level.

List some responsibilities of the Government SAP Security Officer/Contractor Program Security Officer (GSSO/CPSO).

  • Possess a personal clearance and program access at least equal to the highest level of program classified information involved.
  • Provide security administration and management for his/her organization.
  • Ensure personnel processed for access to a SAP meet the prerequisite personnel clearance and/or investigative requirements specified.
  • Ensure strict adherence to the NISPOM, supplement, and the Overprint
  • Establish and oversee a classified material control program for each SAP
  • Conduct an annual inventory of accountable classified material
  • Establish and oversee a visitor control program
  • Monitor reproduction and/or duplication and destruction capability of SAP information
  • Ensure adherence to special communications capabilities within the SAP Facilities (SAPF)
  • Provide for initial program indoctrination of employees after their access is approved, rebrief, and debrief personnel as required
  • Establish and oversee specialized procedures for the transmission of SAP material to and from program elements
  • Establish security training and briefings specifically tailored to the unique requirements of the SAP
  • Ensure contractual specific security requirements such as TEMPEST and OPSEC are accomplished.
List three categories of SAPS.
  • Acquisition
  • Intelligence
  • Operations and support
What are some enhanced security requirements for protecting SAP information?
  • Access rosters
  • Billet structures
  • Indoctrination agreement
  • Clearance based on an appropriate investigation completed within the last 5 years
  • Individual must materially contribute to the program in addition to having the need to kno
  • All individuals with access to SAP are subject to a randcom CI-scope polygraph examination
  • Polygraph examination, if approved by the DepSecDefm may be used as a mandatory access determination
  • Tier review process
  • Personnel must have a secret or top secret clearance
  • SF 86 must be current within one year
  • Limited access
  • Waivers required for foreign cohabitants, spouses, and immediate family members
  • Access control
  • Maintain a SAPF
  • Have unclassified nickname/codeword


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