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NPR 1620.2A
Effective Date: October 07, 2015
Expiration Date: October 07, 2024
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Subject: Facility Security Assessments (Revalidated on December 13, 2019)

Responsible Office: Office of Protective Services

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Appendix A. Definitions

Campus Two or more Federal facilities located contiguous to one another and typically sharing some aspects of the environment, such as parking, courtyards, private vehicle access roads, or gates and entrances to connected facilities. A campus may also be referred to as a "Federal Center" or "complex."

Continuity of Government (COG) is the principle of establishing defined procedures that allow a government to continue its essential operations in case of nuclear war or other catastrophic event.

Continuity of Operations (COOP) is a Federal initiative, required by Presidential directive, to ensure that agencies are able to continue performance of essential functions under a broad range of circumstances.

Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is information. The CUI Program is being implemented across the Executive Branches of the Government in approximately FY 2016 as mandated by Executive Order 13556, Implement Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) signed by the President in November 4, 2010. The CUI Program will completely replace the current designation methodology at NASA under Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) Information.

Designated Official The highest ranking official of the primary tenant agency of a Federal facility or, alternatively, a designee selected by mutual agreement of tenant agency officials. For facilities owned and leased by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the definition appears in Title 41, Section 102-71.20, of the Code of Federal Regulations (41 C.F.R. 102-71.20). For the purposes of NASA, the Center Director will be the Designated Official.

Essential Functions Government functions that enable Federal Executive Branch agencies to provide vital services, exercise civil authority, maintain the safety and well-being of the general populace, and sustain the industrial/economic base in an emergency.

Facility Security Level A categorization based on the analysis of several security-related facility factors, which then serves as the basis for the implementation of certain protective security measures specified in other ISC standards.

Federal Departments and Agencies Those Executive Departments enumerated in 5 U.S.C. §101, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); independent establishments as defined by 5 U.S.C. §104(1); Government corporations as defined by 5 U.S.C. §103(1); and the United States Postal Service.

Federal Facilities Leased and owned buildings and facilities in the United States (inclusive of its territories) occupied by Federal Executive Branch employees for nonmilitary activities.

Mixed Tenant Facility A facility that includes one Federal tenant as well as non-Federal tenants, including commercial and state/local government tenants.

Multitenant Facility A facility that includes tenants from multiple Federal departments and agencies but no non-Federal tenants.

National Essential Functions (NEFs) That subset of essential functions that are necessary to lead and sustain the Nation during a catastrophic emergency and that, therefore, must be supported through the COOP and COG capabilities.

Those essential functions that must be performed to support or implement the performance of NEFs before, during, and in the aftermath of an emergency.

Security Organization The Government agency or an internal agency component responsible for physical security at the specific facility (e.g., the DHS Federal Protective Service and NASA Office of Protective Services).

Single Tenant Facility A facility that only includes one Federal tenant or multiple components of the same Federal department or agency that fall under one "umbrella" for security purposes.

Special-Use Facilities An entire facility or space within a facility that contains environments, equipment, or data normally not housed in typical office, storage, or public access facilities. Examples of special-use facilities include, but are not limited to, high-security laboratories, hospitals, aircraft and spacecraft hangers, or unique storage facilities designed specifically for such things as chemicals and explosives.

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