National Checklist Program

The National Checklist Program (NCP), defined by the NIST SP 800-70, is the U.S. government repository of publicly available security checklists (or benchmarks) that provide detailed low level guidance on setting the security configuration of operating systems and applications.


NCP supports the CCE Common Configuration Enumeration (CCE) list, the CCE Platform Listing.

NCP is migrating its repository of checklists to conform to the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). SCAP enables standards based security tools to automatically perform configuration checking using NCP checklists.

Additional NCP Resources:

USGCB and FDCC

NCP contains checklists (and pointers to tools) for performing configuration checking of systems implementing United States Government Configuration Baselines (USGCB) and Federal Desktop Core Configuration settings using the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). USGCB and FDCC Checklists are available here (to be used with SCAP validated tools).