32 CFR 2004.20: National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) [201(a)].
(a) The NISPOM applies to release of classified information during all phases of the contracting process.
(b) As a general rule, procedures for safeguarding classified information by contractors and recommendations for changes shall be addressed through the NISPOM coordination process that shall be facilitated by the Executive Agent. The Executive Agent shall address NISPOM issues that surface from industry, Executive Branch departments and agencies, or the NISPPAC. When consensus cannot be achieved through the NISPOM coordination process, the issue shall be raised to the NSC for resolution.