DD Form 254 Contract Security Classification Specification
What Is DD Form 254?
DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification is a form used to administer handling procedures for classified information, received or created on a basis of a classified contract. The form provides the contractor with security requirements and classification guidance required for completing a contract or agreement requiring access to the regulated material.
The latest edition of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DA Form 254 (Military Training Certificate - National Defense Cadet Corps) - was released by the Department of Defense in April 2018. An up-to-date DD 254 fillable form is available for download below or can found on the Executive Services Directorate website.
Throughout the time of the contract, the DD form 254 is reviewed every two years to assure that all the security requirements are adequate and relevant. This revision also secures the contract in case of changes in the security guidance.
When Is A DD Form 254 Required?
This form is applied to all contracts that involve admission to classified material by U.S. contractors. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires this form for each classified contract.
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DD Form 254 Instructions
The DD 254 contains 18 Items. Each Item has one or several boxes for filling.
- The first group of items deals with levels of classification, facility security clearance, and safeguarding. Next items refer to the form itself, whether it is original, revised or final. In this section, the applicant also states if this form related to a follow-up contract or if this is the final version.
- The next section requires the personal information of a contractor, subcontractor, and details on the location of the performance of their services. The applicant has to mark what kind of access the contract requires and what actions the contractor is allowed to do while performing their duties.
- The form has to be dated and signed by either the contracting officer or authorized representative. The certifying official must also indicate their title and mailing address with a ZIP code. The last item of the form specifies where the form has to be distributed.
DD Form 254 has an unofficial continuation sheet distributed by some sources, that may be used if the provided space was not enough for all required information.
Where Do You Send a Completed Form DD 254?
It is advised to provide the form to DSS, contractor FSO, subcontractor FSO (if possible), the GCA POCs and all offices checked in the distribution box. Copies of the signed and certified form should be distributed to all addresses marked on the form.