A Recognized Security Organization (RSO) is an organization with appropriate expertise in
security matters and with appropriate knowledge of ship and port operations authorized to carry out an assessment, or a
verification, or an approval or a certification activity, required by Chapter XI-2 or by part A of the ISPS Code. The
Coast Guard reviews every major control action involving an ISPS-related detention, expulsion, of denial of entry and
determines whether the actions or inaction of the RSO contributed to the control action. If so, the Coast Guard attributes
the control action to the RSO. U.S. Coast Guard Foreign & Offshore Vessel Compliance Division (CG-CVC-2) makes this
determination using the guidelines outlined in the document titled "Recognized Security Organization Filtering Guidelines
for Security," attached to the right.
RSOs will be targeted based on their total number of related major control actions accumulated
during the previous 12-month period as determined by USCG HQ. The list of targeted RSO's (see attachment) will be updated
and posted on a monthly basis. RSO's have the ability to appeal the determination made by the Coast Guard Office of Vessel
Activities concerning their association with a major control action using the process outlined in the Appeal Guidelines
document attached to the right.
The following is the point distribution for RSO targeting based on the number of RSO-related
major control actions within the past 12-months: