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WSU Research External Funding and Information Security Requirements

External Funding and Information Security Requirements

Sponsors, particularly the Federal government, are imposing increasingly stringent requirements in an effort to ensure the security of project data and the Information Technology (IT) systems used in their funded projects. These requirements most often appear in Federal contracts, and the cost of meeting them can be significant. If not budgeted as part of the original proposal, these sponsor security requirements may result in (1) an award being turned down outright, or (2) an unwelcome cost-sharing commitment.

FISMATo avoid these situations, please be sure to review any RFP you are working on for language that refers to specific laws, regulations, security frameworks and/or security standards such as those listed below. If you come across the following terms or anything similar, please contact contract officer Jessica Smith-Kaprosy, J.D., in the WSU Office of Research Support and Operations (ORSO) at or 509-335-5447. Jessica will coordinate efforts between ORSO, your unit, the appropriate WSU information security professional, and potentially the sponsor.

Also note, that sponsors may also have their own security requirements that are unrelated to law or regulation. A non-comprehensive list of laws/regulations includes:

Laws, Regulations, Executive Orders and Programs

NIST Publications

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS)

Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR)

If you suspect any one of the above terms will apply to your resulting award, do not submit your proposal until you have consulted with Jessica Smith-Kaprosy.

Only submit once you are certain that your unit can comply with the security standards that may be imposed by the sponsor or you have requested sufficient funding in your budget to account for the cost of compliance.

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