Understanding Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) IS065.16

Description: This course introduces important Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) terms and processes as they relate to the Industrial Security Program. It describes the foundational four major components of the FOCI process: identification, adjudication, mitigation, and inspection. The course also discusses the National Interest Determination and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), both of which address aspects of foreign ownership impact on U.S. interests.

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Learning Objectives: Students shall demonstrate a basic understanding of FOCI documentation and terms, and the roles and responsibilities of U.S. government and industry personnel involved in the FOCI process.

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 2.5 hours

Target Audience: Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, industry, and other government agency personnel who are involved in the FOCI process


  • General Requirements: N/A
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 75% on the final exam allows students to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: None

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): In association with IS020.CU and IS030.CU
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: PDUs are determined by length of course and IAW with current Certification Maintenance Guidelines

System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.

CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.