Federal government contractors trust our industrial security attorneys to regulate, investigate, and litigate national security and contracting issues. Led by former U.S. military infantry officers, the Armstrong Teasdale Industrial Security practice area is deeply experienced in facility clearance (FCL) regulation, government contracting, internal contractor investigations and personnel security clearance (PCL) law.
Our attorneys, former government agents and retired industry professionals work as a team to anticipate and address issues. For instance, our former government agents who have expertise in Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) are some of the best in the country. They understand the current mission of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and its focus. Similarly, our former, U.S. government adjudicators who have expertise in the 13 Adjudicative Guidelines have decades of expertise in pre-screening individuals for individual security clearances. This perspective enables us to consider the U.S. government’s current priorities and address issues for clients in the most cost-effective, proactive manner.
Industrial Security Leadership
Founded and led by Brian Kaveney, an experienced litigator and former U.S. Marine Corps infantry captain, our Industrial Security practice area aims to reduce compliance risk and prevent litigation problems. Brian has a national reputation in industrial security law and is frequently asked to counsel senior business leaders and large organizations across the country.
The operations of our Industrial Security practice area are led by Tod Stephens, ISP®, a courtroom attorney and MBA with extensive industrial security experience. Valued as an industrial security educator, Tod speaks frequently to companies and professional societies across the nation.
Security Clearance Law
Experienced security managers and Facility Security Officers (FSOs) know that many security clearance denials can be avoided by prudent, proper and honest disclosures on an SF 86 (e-QIP). Our security clearance attorneys and industrial security professionals strongly advocate for meaningful and cost-effective SF 86 review and counseling to maximize the likelihood of timely, favorable adjudication.
When a trustworthy employee or Key Management Personnel (KMP) is facing an initial security clearance denial or an existing security clearance revocation, our security clearance attorneys defend against the Statement of Reasons (SOR), Notice of Determination (NOD), Revocation Decision Statement, Interrogatories, and other due process actions. Our security clearance lawyers defend trustworthy cleared personnel against security clearance denials during security clearance hearings and personal appearances at the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) and other government agencies.
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Facility Clearance Regulation and Insider Threat Programs
Federal contractors trust the Armstrong Teasdale Industrial Security practice area to obtain, maintain, and protect facility clearances (FCLs). Well-versed in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), our facility clearance attorneys and professionals work alongside Facility Security Officers (FSOs), Key Management Personnel (KMP), and Insider Threat Program Senior Officials (ITPSOs) to build, maintain, and defend industrial security programs and facility clearances. Our facility clearance professionals routinely prepare facilities for successful Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (formerly DSS) Security Vulnerability Assessments and other Cognizant Security Agency (CSA) inspections, in line with the NISPOM and facility clearance best-practices.
Our facility clearance attorneys have significant experience assisting Government Security Committees (GSCs), Outside Directors (ODs), and Facility Security Officers (FSOs) of facilities with existing, new, or potential Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI). Armstrong Teasdale’s facility clearance attorneys help Insider Threat Program Senior Officials (ITPSOs), Insider Threat Program managers, insider threat analysts, Facility Security Officers (FSOs), and in-house counsel legally navigate Insider Threat Program requirements and minimize legal risk when submitting incident reports and self-certifications.
National Security and Government Contracting
National security and government contracting present special legal and regulatory challenges, and Armstrong Teasdale’s Industrial Security practice area is well-equipped to help federal contractors with government contract management, novation, subcontracting and security issues. Our industrial security attorneys assist federal contractors with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR and DFARS) compliance, prime contract novation, and subcontract administration, as well as the management of security requirements mandated by DD 254s and other security classification specifications.
Our attorneys and retired U.S. government personnel work closely with companies to anticipate, identify and analyze concerns for corporate transactions reviewable by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In our experience, it is most efficient to present the U.S. government with CFIUS solutions that have been approved in the past. We also strive to educate companies about the costs and obstacles of agreeing to certain mitigation measures with the U.S. government.