Assessment of DoD Processes in Support of Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) Determinations and Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) Mitigation
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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Objective This report on the assessment of DoD processes to support Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States CFIUS determinations and foreign ownership, control, or influence FOCI mitigation responds to longstanding management concerns and the U.S. Government Accountability Office GAO high risk area of ensuring the effective protection of technologies critical to U.S. national security interests. We assessed the process for determining and relaying relevant threat information and recommendations to the CFIUS, the strength of FOCI mitigation within cleared defense industry, and the effectiveness of existing tools to help FOCI mitigations and CFIUS determinations. Findings We found that existing policies clearly define requirements to support National Interest Determinations, but they do not effectively delineate roles and responsibilities to support the Services, agencies, and the acquisition community resulting in a significant backlog of decisions. We also found that a need exists for a centralized, accessible database to process and store DD Form 254s a document that specifies security requirements for classified contracts as part of an enterprise system that manages the flow of contract information to support industrial security within cleared defense industry.
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