Lewis named InfraGard chapter president


The director of Mississippi State University’s Office of Research Security is now serving as a chapter officer for the nation’s leading “collaboration for infrastructure protection.”

At a meeting in Jackson last month, InfraGard named Neil Lewis president of its Mississippi chapter.

InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement, and other agencies dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States. Chapters are geographically linked to a local FBI field office.

In his role as research security officer at MSU, Lewis directs programs that support the university’s status as a cleared defense contractor, including meeting security requirements associated with contracts and projects.

Additionally, MSU is required to meet all regulations and rules for export control and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) established by the U.S. departments of State, Commerce and Treasury.

“We are here to help faculty, staff and students with the security requirements related to their research. We also provide secure laptops and security information about international travel, among other services,” Lewis said.

In May, ORS purchased electronic fingerprint scanning equipment, and is now providing that service to the campus community.

"We installed the scanner to meet a requirement for submitting clearance requests to the U.S. government from MSU students, faculty and staff. Starting in 2013, the Office of Personnel Management will no longer accept the 'ink and roll' method of fingerprinting because there are too many instances of fingerprints being rejected with that method," he said.

The new equipment has the capability of taking fingerprints to meet the FBI FD-258 form requirements only.

For additional information about ORS programs and services, please contact Lewis at 662-325-8682 or nelewis@fso.msstate.edu.

Jim Laird | University Relations

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