What is a Facility Clearance (FCL)?
A facility clearance is essentially a determination by the federal government that it would be in the
interest of national security for a particular company or organization to access classified information. It
is also known as a facility security clearance and its acronym is FCL. Just as national security
information is classified at one of three levels (Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret), facility
clearances are granted at one of those three levels.
A company can only apply for a facility security clearance when it is necessary for them to access
classified information to respond to a request or perform on a contract. (A company cannot apply for
the FCL of its own accord.) That contract may be awarded to the company by either a federal
government agency or by another company that already has a facility clearance of its own. The agency
or cleared company then sponsors the uncleared company for the facility security clearance at the
appropriate level of classification (Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret). Since the sponsoring
agencies and companies are not always familiar with how to sponsor a company for a facility
clearance, Secure Defense Consulting® Incorporated can assist with this and other parts of the
process on a consulting basis.