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One of the persistent questions from our students and mentees involves how to conduct a Facility Security Assessment. If you refer to Subpart C of 33 CFR 105, you can see that the Coast Guard spends a lot of effort to ensure we cover all the bases in our FSA. Also, Enclosure 3 to NVIC 03-03 Change 2 gives you the checklist your Coast Guard Inspector should use when reviewing your FSA.

As we previously noted, you need expertise, energy, and time to assemble the facility's background information, conduct an on-scene survey, compile observations, analyze the data, and make recommendations to improve security performance - thus, mitigation business, operational, and compliance risks. That's already a lot of work! Your FSA should contain the many areas of emphasis that reflects your facility's vulnerabilities and mitigation actions that can reduce your risk exposure. Using a checklist (like the one in Enclosure 3 to NVIC 03-03 Change 2) helps ensure your FSA addresses the key elements. 

But it's not about just checking the boxes. Writing the FSA takes quite a lot of perspective and effort. You need to document how the FSA was conducted, the facility elements your FSA addressed, a list of things "important to protect," the faciltiy's vulnerabilities, and a discussion and evaluation of key facility measures and operations. That's a lot of ground to cover!

Remember, your FSA must be a product of many facility viewpoints! A one- or two- author FSA that doesn't involve the many experts on your facility is a prescription for a narrow-minded assessment.