12 FAM 270

Security Reporting Requirements

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)
(Office of Origin: DS/SI and DS/DO/ICI)


(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

a. The director of National Intelligence’s(DNI’s) Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 3: ReportingRequirements for Personnel with Access to Classified Information or Who Hold aSensitive Position (SEAD-3) established reportingrequirements extending to persons who hold positions requiring access toclassified information and persons who hold positions designated as sensitive. ThisDirective applies to covered individuals as defined in 12 FAM 271.2, Definitions.

b. All persons who have access to classifiedinformation or hold a sensitive position incur a special and continuingobligation to be aware of the risks associated with foreign intelligenceoperations and/or possible terrorist activities directed against them in theUnited States and abroad.

c. Failure to comply with the reporting requirementsmay affect eligibility for continued access to classified information,continued contract performance, or the ability to hold a sensitive position,and may result in a referral for disciplinary action up to and includingseparation.

d. Covered persons must cooperate with the Bureau ofDiplomatic Security (DS) in investigating matters bearing on their eligibilityfor a security clearance or suitability/fitness for employment. To the extentthat DS identifies a specific security concern regarding an employee orcontractor, DS may request an issue that may not otherwise be required asreportable under this policy.

NOTE: The required data elementsidentified in this policy outline basic initial information that should beincluded if applicable and available. DS may request additional data followingevaluation of an initial report. Individuals who report information inconjunction with this policy must also include comprehensive relevant data intheir subsequent “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,”Standard Form 86.

e. When circumstances arise that in DS’ view mayaffect an individual’s national security eligibility, DS will conduct anappropriate investigation. An investigation conducted by DS, the Office ofInspector General, or other government entities may also provide the basis fora review of an individual’s national security eligibility.

f. Failure of a covered individual to reportinformation required by this policy may result in the initiation of anappropriate investigation, suspension of the individual’s securityclearance (which may result in revocation), and/or referral for disciplinaryaction. Failure of a contractor to report information required by this policymay also result in that contractor’s temporary or permanent removal fromperformance on a Department classified or Sensitive But Unclassified contract.

g. Covered individuals should use good judgment and discretionin recognizing and avoiding situations and/or behavior that would call intoquestion their judgment, reliability, and trustworthiness to safeguardinformation and to hold a position of trust and responsibility.

12 FAM 271.1 Authorities

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

a. The Omnibus Diplomatic Security and AntiterrorismAct of 1986, as amended, (Public Law 99-399; 22 U.S.C. 4801, et seq.)

b. Presidential Decision Directive of August 5, 1993,entitled, “Security Awareness and Reporting of Foreign Contacts”(PDD/NSC-12).

c. Security Executive Agent Directive3, Reporting Requirements for Personnel with Access to ClassifiedInformation or Who Hold a Sensitive Position, effective June 12, 2017.

d. Intelligence Community Standard (ICS) 703-02,Reporting Requirements for Individuals with Access to Sensitive CompartmentedInformation, dated August 11, 2016.

12 FAM 271.2 Definitions

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

Agency: Any "Executiveagency" as defined in 10 U.S.C. 105, including the "militarydepartment," as defined in 5 U.S.C. 102, and any other entity within theExecutive Branch that comes into possession of classified information or haspositions designated as sensitive.

Arrest:The apprehension or detention of a person by a sworn law enforcementofficer, such that the person’s freedom of movement is restrained, inorder to answer for an alleged or suspected crime. A simple traffic stop doesnot meet the above definition unless the individual is removed from the vehicleand restrained.

Classified national securityinformation or classifiedinformation: Information that has been determined pursuant to E.O.13526 or any predecessor or successor order, or the Atomic Energy Act of 1954,as amended, to require protection against unauthorized disclosure.

Cohabitant: A person with whom the covered individual resides andshares bonds of affection, obligation, or other commitment, as opposed to aperson with whom the covered individual resides for reasons of convenience(e.g., a roommate). Cohabitants may include, among others, one’s spouse,intended spouse, domestic partner, or romantic cohabitant, and relatives, aswell as nannies and housekeepers, who reside with the covered individual.

Contact:All manner of personal or impersonal communication and connection, suchas person-to-person contact or communication via telephonic means, postalsystem, Internet, etc.

Continuing association: Association with an individual that continues to existafter the initial meeting and is more than limited or casual public contact.

Controlled substance: Any controlled substance as defined in 21 U.S.C. 802.

Covered individual: For the purpose of these reporting requirements,covered persons are those who perform work for or on behalf of the Departmentof State and have been granted access to classified information (Confidential,Secret, or Top Secret) or who occupy a sensitive position, for which theadjudicative determination for the security clearance, sensitive position,and/or access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI), was rendered by theDepartment. Covered individuals are not limited to government employees andalso include, but are not limited to, contractors, subcontractors, licensees,certificate holders, grantees, experts, consultants, etc.:

(1) This definition applies regardless of assignment,for example: Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps members, fellows, re-employedannuitants (REAs), detailees to other agencies and those on excursion toursoutside the Department, as well as contractor and subcontractor personnelperforming on Department contracts; and

(2) Individuals assigned to the Department fromanother federal agency must adhere to their home agency’s securityreporting requirements and additional post or mission requirements. Reportinginformation as required under this policy does not fulfill or diminish theobligation to follow other/additional post or mission reporting requirements.

Drugs: Anydrug as defined in 21 U.S.C. 321.

Foreign Intelligence Entity:Known or suspected foreign state or non-state organizations or persons thatconduct intelligence activities to acquire United States (U.S.) information,block or impair U.S. intelligence collection, influence U.S. policy, or disruptU.S. systems and programs. The term includes foreign intelligence and securityservices and international terrorists.

Foreign national: Any person who is not a U.S. citizen or a U.S.National. Section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)states that “the term ‘national of the United States’ means(A) a citizen of the United States, or (B) a person who, though not a citizenof the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the United States.”Therefore, U.S. citizens are also U.S. nationals. Non-citizen U.S. nationalitystatus refers only to individuals who were born either in American Samoa or onSwains Island to parents who are not citizens of the United States. Because aU.S. citizen is not a foreign national, a U.S. citizen who has dual (ormultiple) citizenship with another country/countries would not be considered aforeign national within the meaning of this Foreign Affairs Manual section.

Foreign national roommate(s): Any foreign national(s) who co-occupies a residencefor a period of more than 30 calendar days.

Media: Anyperson, organization or entity, other than Federal, State, local, tribal andterritorial governments:

(1) Primarily engaged in the collection, production ordissemination to the public of information in any form, which includes print,broadcast, film and Internet; or

(2) Otherwise engaged in the collection, production ordissemination to the public of information in any form related to topics ofnational security, which includes print, broadcast, film, and Internet. NOTE: Depending on context, media may also refer to physicaldevices (e.g., magnetic tapes, optical disks, magnetic disks) which informationis stored within an information system (see 12 FAM 010).

National security: Those activities which are directly concerned withthe foreign relations of the United States, or protection of the Nation frominternal subversion, foreign aggression, or terrorism.

National security eligibility: Eligibility for access to classified information oreligibility to hold a sensitive position, to include access to SCI, restricteddata, and controlled or special access program information.

Sensitive position: Any position within or in support of the Department,the occupant of which could bring about, by virtue of the nature of theposition, a material adverse effect on national security, regardless of whetherthe occupant has access to classified information, and regardless of whetherthe occupant is an employee or a contractor.

Unauthorized disclosure: Acommunication, confirmation, acknowledgement, or physical transfer ofclassified or administratively controlled unclassified (e.g., SBU) information,including the facilitation of, or actual giving, passing, selling, publishingor in any way making such information available to an unauthorized recipient.


(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

a. Reporting pursuant to this policy must be done viathe Personnel Reporting Tool accessible on the DS Office of Personnel Securityand Suitability (DS/SI/PSS) intranet through OpenNet or via email DSDirectorPSS@state.gov.Foreign contacts under 12 FAM 273.3must be reported to the DS Office of Counterintelligence (DS/DO/CI) through theDS-1887 form in myData. Alternatively, a fillable form may be obtained fromand submitted via email to ContactReports@state.gov.

b. Questions regarding these reporting policies orreports made thereunder may be emailed to DSDirectorPSS@state.gov.

c. Additional reporting requirements specific tocleared contractors are outlined in 12FAM 576.4, Reporting Requirements.

d. Inquiries concerning those SCI-specific reportingrequirements and reporting channels should be directed to the DS Office ofInformation Security, Special Security Operations Division (DS/IS/SSO), at DS_SSO@state.gov.

e. If in doubt as to whether information is required tobe reported, covered individuals should err on the side of caution and report.Additional guidance on reporting and all required data elements/formats forreporting the various categories of information are located in the PersonnelReporting Tool.

f. To mitigate any risk to the Department, allDepartment employees should report concerning behaviors that may be indicativeof an insider threat to InsiderThreatReporting@state.gov.

g. Each covered individual involved must file aseparate report. For example, if a married couple consisting of two coveredindividuals will reside with a foreign national, or are party to a financialanomaly, two reports must be filed.

12 FAM 273 Reporting Requirements forAll Who Have Access to Classified Information or Hold a Sensitive Position

12 FAM 273.1 Applicability

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

The following reporting requirements are applicable to allcovered individuals, defined at 12FAM 271.3 as individuals who perform work for or on behalf of theDepartment of State and has been granted access to classified information(Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret) or who occupy a sensitive position, forwhich the adjudicative determination for the security clearance, sensitive position,and/or access to SCI, was rendered by the Department.

12 FAM 273.2 Reportable Actions byOthers

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

a. All covered individuals have an obligation to reportactivities of other covered individuals that may be of a potential security orcounterintelligence concern. Persons with information they believe may have abearing on another individual’s eligibility for access to classifiedinformation or to hold a sensitive position must report that information. Thisincludes, but is not limited to:

(1) An unwillingness to comply with rules andregulations or to cooperate with security requirements;

(2) Unexplained affluence or excessive indebtedness;

(3) Alcohol abuse;

(4) Illegal use or misuse of drugs or drug activity;

(5) Behavior that may suggest a mental health issuewhere there is reason to believe it may impact the individual’s abilityto protect classified information or other information specifically prohibitedby law from disclosure;

(6) Criminal conduct;

(7) Any activity that raises doubts as to whetheranother covered individual’s continued national security eligibility isclearly consistent with the interests of national security; and

(8) Misuse of U.S. Government property or informationsystems.

b. This information may be submitted via the PersonnelReporting Tool, via email DSDirectorPSS@state.gov, ordirectly to InsiderThreatReporting@state.gov.

12 FAM 273.3 Unofficial ForeignTravel

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

a. All covered individuals must report the followingvia the PSS Reporting Tool, regardless of travel destination outside the UnitedStates, immediately upon return from travel:

(1) Unusual or suspicious occurrences during travel,including those of possible security or counterintelligence significance; and

(2) Any incidents involving foreign law enforcement orcustoms that are out of the ordinary.

b. Additional travel reporting at the post or missionlevel may be required for those under Chief of Mission (COM) authority, asdetermined by the regional security officer (RSO) or post security officer(PSO). This reporting requirement does not fulfill or diminish the obligationto follow other/additional post or mission level security directives andreporting requirements.

c. The Department’s policy on personal travel tocritical Human Intelligence (HUMINT) threat countries is fully articulated in 12 FAM 264. This excerpt of salientpoints is provided in 12 FAM 270 onlyas a reference to sensitize the reader to those reporting requirements Thesestandards, which were cleared by the Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB),apply to all Department employees and contractors domestically and thoseemployees of agencies under the authority of a COM, abroad. Implementation,application and management responsibilities concerning this policy are furtheroutlined in 12 FAM 264.

d. The Department requires prior reporting ofunofficial travel to countries with a critical HUMINT threat post and tocertain countries with which the United States does not have diplomaticrelations, which are all listed in the Security Environment Threat List (SETL).Prior reporting is required regardless of the threat level at the post wherethe covered individual is stationed or from which the employee departs. Theannual SETL ratings are distributed by classified ALDAC and can also be foundby using the SETL link in the “Directories” section of theDepartment’s ClassNet homepage.

e. DS/DO/CI directly administers this program forDepartment employees stationed domestically and indirectly through the RSO orthe PSO at a U.S. mission or post abroad.

12 FAM 273.4 Unofficial ForeignContacts

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

a. Contact reporting is required if there is continuingassociation with known foreign nationals that involve bonds of affection,personal obligation, or intimate/sexual contact. This reporting requirement isbased on the nature of the relationship regardless of how or where the foreignnational contact was made or how the relationship is maintained (i.e., via inperson contact, telephonic, postal system, Internet, etc.). The reporting oflimited or casual public contact with foreign nationals is not required absentany other reporting requirement in this policy. Reporting of foreignunofficial contacts is not required when there is only an exchange of personalinformation (e.g., information that can reasonably identify an individual,recorded in a material form or not) . Following initial reporting, coveredpersons must file updates regarding continuing unofficial association withknown foreign nationals shall occur only if and when there is a significantchange in the nature of the contact. These contact reporting requirements arein addition to the reporting required by the “Questionnaire for NationalSecurity Positions,” Standard Form 86, regarding foreign contacts.

b. In addition, the Department’s policy oncounterintelligence contact reporting is fully articulated in 12 FAM 262. This excerpt of salientpoints is provided in 12 FAM 270only as a reference to sensitize the reader to those reporting requirements.Implementation, application and management responsibilities concerning theDepartment’s counterintelligence contact reporting program are fullyoutlined in 12 FAM 262.

c. All covered individuals (regardless of position ornational security eligibility) must report:

(1) Contact and/or association with persons ororganizations who the employee knows or suspects advocate the unlawfuloverthrow of the U.S. Government;

(2) Contact and/or association with persons who theemployee knows or suspects is a member or supporter of foreign terroristorganizations (FTOs) as designated by the Secretary;

(3) Unofficial contact with a person who the employeeknows or suspects is a member of a foreign intelligence entity, regardless ofnationality;

(4) When illegal or unauthorized access to classifiedor otherwise sensitive information is sought; or

(5) When the employee is concerned that he or she maybe the target of actual or attempted exploitation by a Foreign IntelligenceEntity.

d. Reporting contacts with foreign nationals underspecific circumstances outlined in 12FAM 262 provides the Department with an early warning mechanism forprotecting the security of the United States by identifying situationsinvolving possible foreign intelligence activities directed against itsemployees and information. However, the Department recognizes its requirementto ensure the privacy of employees and their freedom of association.

e. Reports generated by covered individuals as a resultof requirements described in 12 FAM273 and further clarified in 12FAM 262 must be filed with the RSO abroad or DS/DO/CI domestically.Individuals to whom these regulations apply must use Form DS-1887, ForeignContact Report (available on MyData), to report all contacts for which reportsare required. If the official duty station is a U.S. mission or post abroad,the report must be submitted to either the RSO or PSO. If the official dutystation is in the United States, employees and contractors of the Departmentmust send the Foreign Contact Report to DS/DO/CI via MyData. Form DS-1887 isencrypted when transmitted and is as secure as any online banking transactionan employee may conduct via the Internet. A paper copy of Form DS-1887 may bescanned and submitted to ContactReports@state.govwhen there is no access to the Department OpenNet.

12 FAM 273.5 Cohabitants, IntendedSpouses, and Foreign National Roommates

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

a. All cohabitants (regardless of citizenship),intended spouses (regardless of citizenship), and foreign national roommatesmust be reported to DS/SI/PSS. (See definition of“cohabitant” and “foreign national roommate” in 12 FAM 271.2) Reporting cohabitantsand intended spouses to DS/SI/PSS does not fulfill the obligation to obtain COMand RSO approval for residing in U.S. Government-provided housing.

b. When posted abroad, an employee or contractor mustobtain approval from the COM or principal officer (PO) prior to beginning tocohabit with a foreign national or a U.S. citizen, including intended spousesand roommates, in U.S. Government-provided housing. Seeking approval tocohabit in U.S. Government-provided housing is separate and distinct fromdeclaring a member of household (MOH) to the COM pursuant to 3 FAM 4181. An appropriateinvestigation by the RSO and approval to cohabit at post may be required toprotect the safety of the post community and facilities.

c. For all covered individuals, regardless of wherethe individual is posted, DS/SI/PSS must determine whether an intended spouseor living arrangement involving a foreign national will affect the coveredindividual’s eligibility for continued access to national securityinformation, which is a determination that requires a backgroundinvestigation. DS/SI/PSS may request that the covered individual and/orhis/her intended spouse, cohabitant, or foreign national roommate provideadditional paperwork or information to make such a determination. Abroad, theDS/SI/PSS determination occurs separate from COM approval.

d. Required data elements should be reported no lessthan 30 days in advance of cohabitation and/or marriage:

(1) Name(s);

(2) Citizenship(s);

(3) Date of birth;

(4) Place of birth;

(5) Date of intended marriage (if applicable);

(6) Occupation and employer;

(7) Nature of relationship (e.g., roommate, relative,housekeeper/nanny, etc.);

(8) Duration and frequency of contact(s);

(9) Current status of the relationship(s);

(10) Date relationship was reported to COM or RSO;

(11) Current address;

(12) Employer, including address; and

(13) Contact Information (email and phone).

12 FAM 273.6 Foreign Activities

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

a. Covered individuals contemplating applying forforeign citizenship must report the following data elements when any act isinitiated in furtherance of obtaining foreign citizenship:

(1) Country;

(2) Basis for citizenship;

(3) Date of application; and

(4) Date of receipt.

b. Covered individuals must also report the followingdata elements concerning application for, possession, or use of a foreignpassport or identity card for travel:

(1) Issuing country;

(2) Date and reason of application;

(3) Document number;

(4) Dates of issuance and expiration;

(5) Date and reason for possession; and

(6) Date(s), country(ies), and reason(s) for use.

12 FAM 273.7 Other ReportableInformation

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

Covered individuals must also report the followingactivities:

(1) Attempted elicitation, exploitation, blackmail,coercion, or enticement to obtain classified information or other informationspecifically prohibited by law from disclosure regardless of means, to includethe following data elements:

(a) Date(s) of incident;

(b) Name of individual(s) involved;

(c) Nature of incident;

(d) Method of contact;

(e) Electronic address;

(f) Type of information being sought; and

(g) Background, circumstances and current state of thematter.

(2) Media contacts, other than for official purposes,in which the media seeks access to classified information or other informationspecifically prohibited by law from disclosure, to include the following dataelements:

(a) Date(s) of contact;

(b) Name of media outlet;

(c) Name of media representative;

(d) Nature and purpose of contact;

(e) If classified information or other informationspecifically prohibited by law from disclosure was involved; and

(f) Current status of the contact.

NOTE: Covered individualsare not otherwise required to report media contacts related to the fulfillmentof official duties of their position.

(3) Any criminal charge of a felony; any criminalcharge of a misdemeanor; any arrest (defined in 12 FAM 271.2); or any civilcitation for possession of a controlled substance (defined in 12 FAM 271.2) regardless of thelegality of the controlled substance under local or state law, to include thefollowing data elements:

(a) Date(s) of the incident;

(b) Location(s) of the incident(s);

(c) Charges and/or circumstances; and

(d) Disposition.

NOTE: All reports must bemade within 72 hours and are not to be delayed pending the conclusion of courtproceedings or for any other reason.

(4) Bankruptcy or over 120 days delinquency on anydebt, to include the following data elements:

(a) Type of issue;

(b) Dollar value; and

(c) Reason for the bankruptcy or delinquency.

(5) Alcohol- and drug-related treatment, to includethe following data elements:

(a) Reason;

(b) Treatment provider, to include contact information;and

(c) Date(s) treatment provided.

NOTE: Participation,progress, and/or successful completion of a treatment program are favorablefactors that may mitigate security concerns relating to alcohol or drug consumption,involvement, and misuse.

12 FAM 274 Reporting Requirements forIndividuals Who Have Access to Top Secret Information, Q Access, or Who Hold aCritical Special Sensitive Position

12 FAM 274.1 Applicability

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

In addition to the reporting in 12 FAM 273 above, covered individualswith access to Top Secret information, Q Access, or holding a Critical orSpecial Sensitive position are subject to the additional reporting requirementsoutlined in this section.

12 FAM 274.2 Foreign Activities

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

Covered individuals with access to Top Secret information,Q access, or holding a Critical or Special Sensitive position must report:

(1) Direct involvement in a foreign business, toinclude the following data elements:

(a) Nature of involvement;

(b) Country/countries involved;

(c) Name of business; and

(d) Estimated value of the foreign business.

(2) Foreign bank accounts, to include the followingdata elements:

(a) Financial institution;

(b) Country;

(c) Estimated value of the foreign bank accounts; and

(d) Reason(s) for owning the foreign bank accounts.

(3) Ownership of foreign property, to include thefollowing data elements:

(a) Location;

(b) Estimated value;

(c) Balance due;

(d) Purpose and use of property; and

(e) How the foreign property was acquired.

(4) Receipt of benefits or scholarships from a foreigngovernment or entity. Provide:

(a) Type of benefit or scholarship;

(b) Estimated or known value (including stipends forincidentals, housing, health insurance, etc.);

(c) How acquired;

(d) Foreign government or entity provider;

(e) Duration of receipt (beginning and ending dates).

(5) Voting in a foreign election, to include the followingdata elements:

(a) Date;

(b) Foreign country; and

(c) Type of election.

(6) Adoption of non-U.S. citizen children, to includethe following data elements:

(a) Country involved;

(b) Foreign government organization involved;

(c) Foreign travel required;

(d) Adoption agency or other intermediary; and

(e) Adoptive parents' current linkage to foreigncountry.

12 FAM 274.3 Financial Issues andAnomalies

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

Covered individuals with access to Top Secret information,Q access, or holding a Critical or Special Sensitive position must also report:

(1) Wage garnishment; and

(2) Any unusual infusion of assets of $10,000 orgreater, such as an inheritance, winnings, or similar financial gain, toinclude the following data elements:

(a) Type of issue or anomaly (inheritance, gift, etc.);

(b) Dollar value;

(c) Reason for the issue or anomaly;

(d) Source of infusion of assets; and

(e) Date(s) of occurrence;

12 FAM 275 Reporting Requirements forIndividuals who have Sensitive Compartmented Information Access

12 FAM 275.1 Applicability

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

These requirements apply in addition to those outlined in 12 FAM 273, and 274 to individualsauthorized access to SCI. In accordance with ICS 703-02, individualsindoctrinated for access to SCI incur a special and continuing securityobligation to be aware of the risks associated with foreign intelligenceoperations and/or possible terrorist activities directed against them in theU.S. and abroad. These individuals also have a responsibility to recognize andavoid personal behaviors and activities that may adversely impact theircontinued eligibility for access to SCI. These individuals shall report totheir Cognizant Security Authority (CSA) via the Personnel Reporting Tool orvia email DSDirectorPSS@state.gov actual or plannedinvolvement in any of the activities listed below prior to participation in suchactivities or as soon as possible following the start of their involvement.Failure to comply with reporting requirements and resultant determinations madeby DS/IS/SSO may result in administrative action to include, but not limitedto, revocation of SCI access and denial of future SCI access approval and/orreferral for disciplinary action.

12 FAM 275.2 Reportable Activities

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

Covered individuals with authorized access to SCI mustreport:

(1) Full or part-time employment, business activities,or participation as an officer or director in an organization, to include thefollowing data elements:

(a) Name of employer, type of business activity, or nameand type of organization;

(b) Employer, activity, or organization address;

(c) Point of contact;

(d) Nature of employment, activity or participation,including duties and responsibilities;

(e) Weekly hours involved;

(f) Known foreign associations as a result of thisemployment; and

(g) Potential incompatibility with theindividual’s intelligence-related employment.

(2) Any court appearances other than for officialpurposes, to include the following data elements:

(a) Charges and/or circumstances;

(b) Date(s);

(c) Locations(s); and

(d) Disposition.

(3) Contemplated or actual disclosure of informationthat may contain or reveal intelligence or intelligence sources, methods, andactivities, in either written or spoken form (e.g., speeches, books, articles,dissertations, resumes, Internet postings, social networking site, etc.), toinclude the following data elements:

(a) Type of proposed public release;

(b) Name of intended publisher;

(c) Title of publication;

(d) Proposed date of publication; and

(e) Date of submission for pre-publication review.

NOTE: Disclosures must bereported to DS/IS/SSO and approved in advance. Additionally, employees shouldreview 3 FAM 4170 Review ofPublic Speaking, Teaching, Writing, and Media Engagement and 10 FAM 130 Remarks and Writing forthe Media or General Public for additional guidance on obtaining clearancesfrom the Bureau of Global Public Affairs.

(5) Unofficial visits to foreign diplomatic facilitiesand trade missions, to include the following data elements:

(a) Country;

(b) Name of foreign diplomatic facility or trademission;

(c) Address of foreign diplomatic facility or trademission;

(d) Purpose of intended visit;

(e) Date(s) of intended visit; and

(f) Source of invitation, if applicable.

12 FAM 276 Reporting RequirementsMatrix

(CT:DS-372; 01-21-2022)

The below summarizes what is required to be reported byeach level of security clearance/access to classified information and positionsensitivity in accordance with this policy, SEAD-3, and ICS 703-02. Forspecifics on exactly what must be reported, please see the individual FAMprovisions above.

All Security Clearance Levels


Sensitive Positions


12 FAM 273

Reportable Actions by Others

Certain unofficial foreign travel

Certain unofficial foreign contacts

Cohabitants (regardless of nationality)

Intended marriage (regardless of nationality)

Foreign national roommates

Applying for foreign citizenship

Applying for, possessing, or using a foreign passport or identity card for travel

Attempted elicitation, exploitation, blackmail, coercion, or enticement to obtain classified information or other protected information

Media contacts, other than for official purposes, where media seeks access to classified or protected information

Arrests, criminal charges, and civil citations for possession of controlled substances

Bankruptcy or over 120 days delinquency on any debt

Alcohol- or drug-related treatment

Top Secret or Q Access


Critical Sensitive Position


12 FAM 274

All the above

Involvement in a foreign business or ownership of foreign bank accounts or foreign property

Voting in a foreign election

Adoption of non-U.S. citizen children

Financial anomalies (in addition to above), including garnishment and any unusual infusion of assets of $10,000 or greater such as an inheritance, winnings, or similar financial gain.

SCI Access


Special Sensitive Position


12 FAM 275

All the above

Full or part-time employment, business activities, or participation as an officer or director in an organization

Court appearances other than for official purposes

Unofficial visits to foreign diplomatic facilities or trade missions

Contemplated or actual disclosure of information that may contain or reveal intelligence or intelligence sources, methods, activities



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