Office of the Executive Director for Special Access Program Central Office

The Office of the Executive Director for Special Programs serves under the authority and direction of both the Deputy Secretary of Defense (DepSecDef) and the USD(A&S), directly reporting to the DepSecDef as the Director of the DoD Special Access Program (SAP) Central Office (SAPCO) and functionally reporting to USD(A&S) as the Director for Special Programs.

The Executive Director for Special Access Program Central Office facilitates and maintains MOAs and memorandums of understanding for foreign involvement with DoD SAPs and coordinates with appropriate oversight authorities. The Office prepares the Department’s SAP report to Congress for DepSecDef approval, provides administrative and management support to SAP congressional hearings, and prepares and coordinates responses to congressional inquiries. Serves as the cognizant authority for SAP studies, portfolios, and associated billet structures involving DoD SAPs, exclusive of service-initiated study efforts internal to the Military Departments. Provides administrative support to OSD-level Executive Committees (EXCOMs). Participates in DoD efforts to resolve security, technology transfer, and export issues; supports the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and the foreign ownership, control, and influence certification process. In coordination with the DoD Chief Information Officer, establishes and administers governance and risk management policies to develop enterprise SAP IT strategy, telecommunications infrastructure policy, SAP network IT requirements, and network and system funding oversight policy.

Corporate Portfolio Program

The Corporate Portfolio Program (CPP), established in December 2020 by USD(A&S) and managed by DoD SAPCO, is an access management tool for qualifying Defense Industrial Base (DIB) corporations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs).

The CPP enables senior leadership, security professionals, and technology integration experts within participating corporations to broadly access SAP-protected programs their respective company is on a DoD contract to support. Contracts must either explicitly work towards warfighting capabilities (i.e., hardware and/or software development), provide Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA), or be directly tied to Studies, Analyses, and Evaluations (SAE) support to warfighting capability development efforts. The CPP does not apply to Management, Professional, or General Service Support contracts.

The purpose of the CPP is multifaceted and aims to:

  • accelerate integration of classified program capabilities.
  • develop innovative multidomain kill chains across physical and operational environments.
  • reduce costs, resources, redundancies, and unproductive processes.
  • remove barriers to commercial technology utilization.
  • enable SAP-level dialogue and collaboration between and within upper echelons of participating corporations.
  • enable industry partners to better manage SAP-protected information.

For additional information, see the CPP Implementation Guide.