This month’s Blog series has covered FSO Duties. We’ve provided a good overview of 33 CFR 105 requirements, but that’s not all you must know and do. We trust you remember 49 CFR 1520, which is where it gets personal for the FSO as you can be held personally liable for any infractions. Now that we have your attention – Sensitive Security Information. Marking your security documents appropriately, ensuring only those with a need to know can access them, and securing them in an appropriately locked up when not in use is the FSO’s duty.
Additionally, if we have performed an FSP Audit for you, you should have noticed the criminal provisions associated with the laws and regulations governing maritime security.
18 USC 47
1001. Statements or entries generally
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurdisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by an trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fradulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.
This should reinforce to you and your company’s senior leadership that the FSO duties are significant and important to not only the company but to the United States of America.
Question – throughout this Blog series, did getting out of your office to conduct a FSO Review come to mind? It’s your job to conduct these…frequently, and remember to document them.
If you are literally or figuratively scratching your head right now or better yet trying to remember where your FSO Course notebook is to do some research, that is a clear sign that you need to sign up for either the full S&A FSO Course or S&A FSO Refresher Course today!
If you step back and take the big picture look at your duties, the Seebald Security Pyramid sums it up nicely:
Stay Secure – Americans Everywhere Are Counting On You!