April 12, 2012

Antiterrorism measures will soon be part of contracting

Story by Natalie Lakosil
Staff Writer

“Antiterrorism Measures In Contracting,” is this month’s quarterly AT theme on Fort Huachuca.

“Contractors play a huge role not only on Fort Huachuca but also Department of Defense-wide; but there can be a down side. It’s a double-edged sword in a sense, because many times contractors have access to computers, sensitive materials and sites, to where if they are not properly vetted or the wrong people are hired, they can become an insider threat,” said Jesse Markum, antiterrorism officer, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, Fort Huachuca.

There are rules for hiring contractors; the Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 signed by President Bush, specifies criteria about hiring contractors, Markum said.

Monica Lake, garrison security manager, explained:

Signed in 2004, the document requires all government agencies to work together to ensure a process is in place to thoroughly vet all prospective employees contracted throughout DoD. It requires contractors working on a government installation or facility longer than six months have a background investigation. If the contractor is working on a classified contract then a clearance is required.

“We don’t want to have anyone working on post that is a threat to the population here. We have Soldiers, family members and children, so if someone is considered a significant risk after a background investigation, we are not going to allow them to work on Fort Huachuca,” Lake said.

As of May 1, new policy from Army Contracting Command will go into effect. This requirement mandates that all contract employees working on the installation for over 180 days be vetted, issued a Common Access Card and receive Antiterrorism Level I Training. For contracts to be renewed or awarded, the unit ATO as well as the operational security officer must confirm the proper language addressing these requirements are in the contract before signing off. This makes it incumbent upon the requesting agency and the Contract Office representative to ensure the appropriate language is included in all future contracts.

Future job announcements recruiting new employees should also include language on the form that tells the potential employee of these requirements prior to being considered for employment according to Markum.

“These rules are in place to make sure the right people have access to post. That’s why we have a vetting process in place to make sure we don’t hire a potential threat posing as a contractor,” he said.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.



Commissary parking lot construction plans revised after customer concerns

Many commissary patrons now find it difficult to park their vehicles in the current parking spaces which are both small and aligned in a parallel fashion. However, once the second half of the parking lot is completed, both halv...

New JITC Commander assumes command during period of transition

Photos by Tim Toms, Fort Huachuca Visual Information The director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, Jr. (right), passes the flag, or colors of the Joint Interoperability Test Com...

Panetta urges work, sacrifice to honor Aurora victims

WASHINGTON — In a message issued Monday night, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta paid tribute to the military victims of the July 20 shooting spree in Aurora, Colo., and urged Defense Department personnel to honor the victims’ memory through hard work and sacrifice. Here is the text of the message:   To all Department of Defense...


Panetta: Program will help transitioning troops get jobs

WASHINGTON — A redesigned program for service members separating from the military will help veterans better apply the experience they’ve gained in uniform, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. President Barack Obama announced the revamped program, called “Transition GPS,” in a speech Monday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Reno, Nev. “I app...

FH employees receive nomination for Department of Defense

Five Fort Huachuca employees have been nominated for Department of Defense awards over the past few months. The first nomination comes after a group of four firefighters from the Fort Huachuca Fire Department were awarded the Firefighter Heroism Award, Team Award, by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, on May 21. The other nomination goes...
Natalie Lakosil

Nine bid ‘farewell’ to life’s ‘military’ chapter Friday

Natalie Lakosil Fort Huachuca retirees and their Family members listen while guest speaker Col. Daniel Matchette, Army chief of staff, Network Enterprise Technology Command, addresses the crowd Friday morning at historic Brown ...


Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>