Information Security:

Need for DOD Inspections of Special Access Contracts

NSIAD-86-191: Published: Aug 7, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1986.

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GAO reported on its testimony concerning a defense contractor's control of classified documents for a special-access program.

GAO noted that, although the Department of Defense (DOD) component responsible for the carve-out contract had a permanent on-site security representative at the plant, the individual was not overseeing the document-accountability system on a continuing basis, partly because of: (1) the magnitude of work related to other physical and personnel security matters; and (2) inexperience in the field of information security. GAO believes that: (1) the deterioration of document accountability for the special-access contract might not have occurred, if the Defense Investigative Service had conducted semiannual inspections of the contract to verify the accountability of classified documents; and (2) DOD needs independent oversight of special-access contracts.

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