Binding Operational Directives

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) develops and oversees the implementation of binding operational directives pursuant to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA).

A binding operational directive is a compulsory direction to federal executive branch departments and agencies for purposes of safeguarding federal information and information systems from a known or reasonably suspected information security threat, vulnerability, or risk. FISMA requires federal agencies to comply with DHS-developed directives.

Binding operational directives do not apply to statutorily defined “National Security Systems” nor to certain systems operated by the Department of Defense or the Intelligence Community.