This course does not contain the final exam. Students must register for the exam separately in STEPP and will receive credit for the course upon receiving a passing score.

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.

Course Resources: Access this course's resources

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 Security Service, industry, and other government agency personnel who are involved in the FOCI process

Number of Students per Course: N/A


  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: N/A

Prerequisites: None

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): In association with IS020.CU and IS030.CU
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: 7.5

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: To reach the conclusion slide, students need to click through all the screens in the course to include sub-screens, i.e., screens with clickable items within (e.g., all ten items in the SF 328). The purpose is to ensure the students complete the course.

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