Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities
Compartmented Information is information and material that is subject to special
Intelligence Community controls that indicate restricted handling for current
and future intelligence collection programs and their end products. These
controls have been instituted to protect sensitive aspects of sources, methods,
and analytical procedures associated with foreign intelligence programs.
A Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) is an accredited area,
room, or groups of rooms where SCI may be stored, used, discussed, and/or
USDA agencies must be able to justify that access to SCI is required to support
their mission. Individual access requires a Top Secret security clearance with a
background investigation of less than five years old. If it is determined that
an individual or program requires access and/or storage of SCI, please call PDSD
at (202) 720-7373 for assistance.