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Security Compliance Group

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Emergency Services Office (ESO) Security Compliance Group is to advise, educate, and support NIST's mission and personnel to ensure full compliance with all applicable policies and procedures, to mitigate the risk of non-compliance performance, and eliminate, manage, alleviate any identified compliance gaps, and to identify and implement best practices. 


  • Collaborate with stakeholders to: 
    • Identify secure area/storage requirements.
    • Determine if space/storage requirements are compliant with laws and governmentwide policies.
    • Conduct market research to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions for NIST's programs and activities.
    • Determine if vendors are appropriately vetted and compliant with contractual requirements.
  • Provide inspection support to identify vulnerabilities and compliance gaps:
    • Address vulnerabilities and gaps by determining requirements and deploying mitigations.
    • Review and advise NIST stakeholders on PORs and SOWs.
  • Implement DHS ISC standards, DOC Policies, and other applicable documents.

  • Provide training to enhance awareness.

  • Participate in construction working groups.

Visitor information, Campus access AND SECURITY, and Safety Information

If you have visitors coming onto campus, please review the Safety, Security, and Access information below. You are encouraged to share the safety brochures with your guests.

See Something, Say Something

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur, etc.
  • Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
  • Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc. 
  • Some of these activities could be innocent — it’s important to consider the context of the situation. It's then up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation.  

Factors such as race, ethnicity, and/or religious affiliation are not suspicious. The public should only report suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack or package, or someone breaking into a restricted area). Only reports that document behavior that is reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners.