September 20, 2014

SF 701 Instructions

The Standard Form (SF) 701, Activity Security Checklist, is a standard form used within the U.S. Government security classification programs. Many agencies, such as the Department of Defense, use it to provide a visual reminder to conduct required end-of-day inspections when closing for the day a space that processes classified information. These inspections, or checks, are conducted to ensure classified information and material are properly secured prior to the office being vacated for the day. The form also allows for some accountability in the event that irregularities are discovered.

It is a fairly easy form to fill out once you get the hang of it. Typically, organizations prominently post it near the office's main entrance. The last person to leave for the day must conduct the end-of-day checks and annotate these checks on the SF 701. Within the Department of Defense, this is an inspectable item and required under DoD 5200.01, Volume 3.
SF 701 instructions

If you're using a SF 701, then you will need to use a SF 702 form as well. These two forms go hand-in-hand.


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    DoDM 5105.21-V2
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