EO 12977
Effective Date: October 19, 1995

Responsible Office: Office of Headquarters Operations


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to
enhance the quality and effectiveness of security in and
protection of buildings and facilities in the United States
occupied by Federal employees for nonmilitary activities
("Federal facilities"), and to provide a permanent body to
address continuing government-wide security for Federal
facilities, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment.  There is hereby established within the
executive branch the Interagency Security Committee
("Committee").  The Committee shall consist of: (a) the
Administrator of General Services ("Administrator"); 

(b) representatives from the following agencies, appointed by the
agency heads:

     (1)  Department of State;
     (2)  Department of the Treasury;
     (3)  Department of Defense;
     (4)  Department of Justice;
     (5)  Department of the Interior;
     (6)  Department of Agriculture;
     (7)  Department of Commerce;
     (8)  Department of Labor;
     (9)  Department of Health and Human Services;
     (10) Department of Housing and Urban Development;
     (11) Department of Transportation;
     (12) Department of Energy;
     (13) Department of Education;
     (14) Department of Veterans Affairs;
     (15) Environmental Protection Agency;
     (16) Central Intelligence Agency; and
     (17) Office of Management and Budget;
(c) the following individuals or their designees;
     (1) the Director, United States Marshals Service;
     (2) the Assistant Commissioner of the Federal Protective
Service of the Public Buildings Service, General Services
Administration ("Assistant Commissioner");
     (3) the Assistant to the President for National Security
Affairs; and 
     (4) the Director, Security Policy Board; and
(d) such other Federal employees as the President shall appoint.
Sec. 2. Chair. The Committee shall be chaired by the
Administrator, or the designee of the Administrator.

Sec. 3. Working Groups. The Committee is authorized to establish
interagency working groups to perform such tasks as may be
directed by the Committee.

Sec. 4. Consultation. The Committee may consult with other
parties, including the Administrative Office of the United States
Courts, to perform its responsibilities under this order, and, at
the discretion of the Committee, such other parties may
participate in the working groups.

Sec. 5. Duties and Responsibilities. (a) The Committee shall: (1)
establish policies for security in and protection of Federal
     (2) develop and evaluate security standards for Federal
facilities, develop a strategy for ensuring compliance with such
standards, and oversee the implementation of appropriate security
measures in Federal facilities; and 
     (3) take such actions as may be necessary to enhance the    
quality and effectiveness of security and protection of Federal
facilities, including but not limited to:
     (A) encouraging agencies with security responsibilities to
share security-related intelligence in a timely and cooperative
     (B) assessing technology and information systems as a means
of providing cost-effective improvements to security in Federal
     (C) developing long-term construction standards for those
locations with threat levels or missions that require blast
resistant structures or other specialized security requirements;
     (D) evaluating standards for the location of, and special
security related to, day care centers in Federal facilities; and
     (E) assisting the Administrator in developing and
maintaining a centralized security data base of all Federal

Sec. 6. Agency Support and Cooperation. (a) Administrative
Support.  To the extent permitted by law and subject to the
availability of appropriations, the Administrator, acting by and
through the Assistant Commissioner, shall provide the Committee
such administrative services, funds, facilities, staff and other
support services as may be necessary for the performance of its
functions under this order.

(b) Cooperation. Each executive agency and department shall
cooperate and comply with the policies and recommendations of the
Committee issued pursuant to this order, except where the
Director of Central Intelligence determines that compliance would
jeopardize intelligence sources and methods.  To the extent
permitted by law and subject to the availability of
appropriations, executive agencies and departments shall provide
such support as may be necessary to enable the Committee to
perform its duties and responsibilities under this order.

(c) Compliance. The Administrator, acting by and through the
Assistant Commissioner, shall be responsible for monitoring
Federal agency compliance with the policies and recommendations
of the Committee.

Sec. 7. Judicial Review. The order is intended only to improve
the internal management or the Federal Government, and is not
intended, and should not be construed, to create any right or
benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party
against the United States, it agencies, its officers, or its

                         /s/William J. Clinton

October 19, 1995.


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