On May 11, 2016, the Defense Security Service (DSS) released a new guide on mitigating and managing affiliate operations for entities bound by a Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) mitigation agreement. The guide, titled Navigating the Affiliated Operations Plan: A Guide for Industry, outlines how companies can identify whether they are engaging in affiliated operations, submit an Affiliated Operations Plan (AOP), and ensure that they are properly mitigating potential risks. In compiling an AOP, a company is expected to describe all operations and services it intends to share with affiliates, as well as the potential risks of the collaboration and how those risks will be mitigated. The guide emphasizes that, unless there are special circumstances, an AOP must be provided before a company can start leveraging any affiliated operations.

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