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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CLASSIFICATION (When filled in):
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
OMB No. 0704-0567
CONTRACT SECURITY CLASSIFICATION SPECIFICATION
OMB approval expires:
October 31, 2020
(The requirements of the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) apply to all security aspects of this effort involving classified information.)
The public reporting burden for this collection of information, 0704-0567, is estimated to average 70 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering
and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including
suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, at whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.dd-dod-information-collections@mail.mil. Respondents should be aware that
notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number.
RETURN COMPLETED FORM AS DIRECTED IN THE INSTRUCTIONS.
1. CLEARANCE AND SAFEGUARDING
a. LEVEL OF FACILITY SECURITY CLEARANCE (FCL) REQUIRED
b. LEVEL OF SAFEGUARDING FOR CLASSIFIED INFORMATION/
MATERIAL REQUIRED AT CONTRACTOR FACILITY
(See Instructions)
2. THIS SPECIFICATION IS FOR:
3. THIS SPECIFICATION IS:
(X and complete as applicable.)
(X and complete as applicable.)
a. PRIME CONTRACT NUMBER
DATE
(See instructions.)
(YYYYMMDD)
a. ORIGINAL
(Complete date in all cases.)
b. REVISED
b. SUBCONTRACT NUMBER
(Supersedes all previous specifications.)
REVISION NO.
DATE
(YYYYMMDD)
c. SOLICITATION OR OTHER NUMBER
DUE DATE
(YYYYMMDD)
c. FINAL
DATE
(Complete Item 5 in all cases.)
(YYYYMMDD)
4. IS THIS A FOLLOW-ON CONTRACT?
No
Yes
If yes, complete the following:
Classified material received or generated under
is transferred to this follow-on contract.
(Preceding Contract Number)
5. IS THIS A FINAL DD FORM 254?
No
Yes
If yes, complete the following:
In response to the contractor's request dated
, retention of the classified material is authorized for the period of:
6. CONTRACTOR
(Include Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code)
c. COGNIZANT SECURITY OFFICE(S) (CSO)
a. NAME, ADDRESS, AND ZIP CODE
b. CAGE CODE
(Name, Address, ZIP Code, Telephone required; Email Address optional)
7. SUBCONTRACTOR(S)
(Click button if you choose to add or list the subcontractors
-- but will still require a separate DD Form 254 issued by a prime contractor to each subcontractor)
c. COGNIZANT SECURITY OFFICE(S) (CSO)
a. NAME, ADDRESS, AND ZIP CODE
b. CAGE CODE
(Name, Address, ZIP Code, Telephone required; Email Address optional)
8. ACTUAL PERFORMANCE
(Click button to add more locations.)
c. COGNIZANT SECURITY OFFICE(S) (CSO)
a. LOCATION(S)
b. CAGE CODE
(For actual performance, see instructions.)
(Name, Address, ZIP Code, Telephone required; Email Address optional)
(If applicable,
)
see Instructions.
9. GENERAL UNCLASSIFIED DESCRIPTION OF THIS PROCUREMENT
DD FORM 254, APR 2018
DD FORM 254, APR 2018
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PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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DD Form 254 Instructions

The DD 254 contains 18 Items. Each Item has one or several boxes for filling.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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