DoD just issued an interim final rule for the protection of classified information disclosed to or developed by government contractors. The rule (i) implements policy, (ii) assigns responsibilities, (iii) establishes requirements, and (iv) provides procedures to protect this information. Among other things, the new rule establishes criteria for determining whether a contractor is under foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) and, if so, sets forth security measures that should be considered to negate or mitigate the effects of FOCI. One of the most interesting aspects of this rule is DoD’s statement that “the procedures in this rule allow companies determined to be under FOCI to be cleared through a FOCI mitigation or negation agreement and thus realize billions of dollars in classified contracts.” 79 Fed. Reg. 19467 (April 9, 2014). Welcome FOCI contractors!