You are required to report the following to
your security or counterintelligence office:
- Any effort by any individual, regardless
of nationality, to obtain illegal or unauthorized access to classified information or
to compromise you or any other cleared employee. In addition, all contacts by you or
any other cleared employee with known or suspected intelligence officers from any country,
or any contact which suggests that you or any other employee may be the target of the
intelligence service of another country or other clandestine group shall be reported.1
- Any other known, suspected, attempted, or
planned activity that threatens U.S. national security. This includes unauthorized release
of or access to any classified or otherwise sensitive information, intrusion into an
automated information system containing classified or otherwise sensitive information, or
information relating to terrorism, sabotage, subversion, or illegal diversion of U.S.
technology to a foreign country.
- Knowledge of any activity by a foreign country
or organization that suggests that country or organization may have unauthorized knowledge
of U.S. national security information, processes or capabilities. This is called reporting
"anomalies" and is explained further in Reporting "Anomalies."
Many people who have not been trained in how
intelligence services operate do not recognize when they are being targeted and assessed.
Many trusting individuals do not recognize that a seemingly innocent request for
unclassified information is a common first step in assessment and development of a
potential source. All individuals with frequent foreign contacts should read How Do I Know When I'm Being
Targeted and Assessed?
If you become aware of any intelligence or
terrorist activity against the United States, you should not conduct your own
investigation, should not put yourself in any dangerous situation, and should not tell
family or friends of the incident. Rather, you should as soon as possible write down as
many details as you can remember and then report it to your security office, the FBI, or
by calling any one of the various Hotline
Numbers established for this purpose.
If you are the target of the activity, you
should not divulge any information and should not take or sign anything. You should listen
carefully, be observant, and remember as many details as possible. Keep all options open
by neither agreeing nor refusing to cooperate. Remain calm, be noncommittal, ask for time,
and report immediately to your security office.
Your responsibility to report potentially
significant security information concerning a co-worker or other person with access to
classified information is covered in Reporting
Improper, Unreliable or Suspicious Behavior.
If your reporting helps stop a case of
espionage, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $500,000. The reward is authorized by
an amendment to Title 18, U.S.C., Section 3071, which authorizes the Attorney General to
make payment for information on espionage activity in any country which leads to the
arrest and conviction of any person(s):
- For commission of an act of espionage against
the United States.
- For conspiring or attempting to commit an act
of espionage against the United States
- Or which leads to the prevention or
frustration of an act of espionage against the United States.
If you ever discover what you believe to be a
listening device, it is important that you say or do nothing that would tip off those who
planted the device to the fact that you have discovered it. React in the following
- Do not say anything to indicate what you have
found or what you suspect the device to be.
- End your conversation as naturally as possible
and leave the area.
- Report promptly to your security officer
without mentioning your suspicions to anyone else.
1. National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual,
paragraph 1-302. Presidential Decision Directive NSC-12, Security Awareness and
Reporting of Foreign Contacts, August 5, 1993.