Additional COVID-19 NISP Authorization Guidance
July 2, 2020 - Region Action Officers will continue to perform assess and authorize activities and manage workload appropriately. System registrations in the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) that have submitted completed packages (Control Approval Chain (CAC) workflow) with an Authorization Termination Date (ATD) prior to September 30, 2020, will be assessed and considered for extensions up to 180 days. Either the Assess and Authorize or Extension workflow in eMASS will be utilized as appropriate. For new system registrations in eMASS, the Security Control Assessment (SCA) activity will continue to occur. The onsite portion of the SCA activity may be delayed, deferred, or rescheduled. Documenting evidence of security and validation requirements remains unchanged; only the execution of onsite activity will change temporarily.

2020 Cogswell industrial security award program
June 22, 2020 - As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 56th annual NCMS Annual Seminar in June, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) will announce the 2020 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award winners on July 30, 2020, in lieu of conducting a ceremony. The information on the 2020 awardees will be posted to the DCSA website and its social media sites. Additionally, DCSA will publish the award winners in the August Voice of Industry (VOI) newsletter. After the announcement is made, the awards will be mailed directly to the recipients, and a DCSA representative will present the awards to the leadership of each winning facility at a mutually convenient time, either in person (when travel is deemed safe), or virtually. DCSA looks forward to announcing the well deserving winners of the Cogswell award for 2020.

CDSE launches Insider Threat mobile app
June 22, 2020 - The Center for Development of Security Excellence, a provider of training and education within DCSA, announced the launch of its first app for iOS and Android mobile devices. Click the title for more information.

DoD Consolidated Adjudications COVID-19 Response
June 12, 2020 - Despite the challenges caused by the current pandemic, the DoD CAF continues to operate at a high level. Here are some of our more recent accomplishments: Click the headline for more information.

VROC issues supplemental guidance on TS/SCI eligibility upgrade requests in DISS
May 19, 2020 - The Vetting Risk Operations Center provides Industry with supplementary guidance related to the recent posting, "Operational Change to Adjudicating Tier 3 and Tier 5 Investigations" on April 30, 2020. The guidance does not intend to replace or supersede existing procedures, but rather to clarify Industry specific Defense Information System for Security (DISS) guidance related to the TS/SCI eligibility upgrade requests. Click the headline to see the guidance.

As DCSA develops the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system, we will provide updated resources, guides and information via the website, NP2, and the other platforms accessible to DCSA Customer Agencies. For more information on NBIS Onboarding please visit our NBIS Onboarding page

DCSA Knowledge Center

The DCSA Knowledge Center assists customers with usage of industrial/personnel security-related systems/applications. The Knowledge Center is closed on weekends and all federal holidays.

Toll-Free: (888) 282-7682

Menu options:
1 - Personnel Security Clearance Inquiries to include e-QIP - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time
2 - Account Lockouts and Passwords - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time
3 - Facility Clearance Inquiries - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time
4 - OBMS
5 - CDSE - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern Time


DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility Call Center

Phone: 301-833-3850 (SSOs and FSOs only)
- Menu option #5/Industry

Email: whs.meade.dodcaf.mbx.dodcaf-callcenter@mail.mil.

Defense Manpower Data Center’s (DMDC) Contact Center
Customer Service Hours:  8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday - Friday (excluding federal holidays)
Toll-Free Telephone:  (800) 467-5526
Menu Options
1 – DISS
2 – Continuous Evaluation
3 – JPAS
4 – e-QIP
5 – SWFT
6 – DCII
7 – Personnel Security Inquiry / General Inquiry
8 – STEPP/ISFD/FCL (this is a direct transfer)
9 – Hear these options again
Email:  DMDC Contact Center  Do not send sensitive information via unencrypted email.

On October 1, 2019, as authorized by Executive Order 13869, the missions, records, and personnel of three FOIA and Privacy offices consolidated, and the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) FOIA and Privacy Office was created.  The Office is responsible for administering policies, programs, and procedures to ensure compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552 and 5 U.S.C. 552a, respectively; working closely with the DCSA Senior Component Official for Privacy and Office of General Counsel. 
The office is comprised of three components, each with its own responsibilities. 

  • The DCSA FOIA and Privacy Office for Investigations is responsible for responding to Privacy Act and FOIA requests for background investigation records.
  • The DCSA FOIA and Privacy Office for Adjudications is responsible for responding to Privacy Act requests for DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility adjudication records.
  • The DCSA FOIA and Privacy Headquarters Office is primarily responsible for responding to the following types of requests: DCSA affiliated Human Resources and/or Hiring Actions; DCSA Inspector General Investigations; and Statements of Work / Contracts.

Making Requests and Contact Information
Requesting Background Investigation Records:

  • To request your own background investigation record, please refer to the “Completed Investigations” tab for specific details at: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/mbi/mr/
  • If you’re an agency representative seeking a releasable copy of a subject’s background investigation for due process or an adjudicative hearing, please refer to the guidance provided in the “Requesting Releasable Copies” section of the “External Dissemination” tab at:  https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/gov_hr_security/agency_use/  
  • If you’re seeking access to a background investigation for a civil or criminal law enforcement activity, a CI/CT investigation, a legal proceeding, employee relations matters, etc. please refer to the guidance provided in the “Requesting Files for Criminal/CI Investigation, Legal Proceedings or Demands, Employee Relations, etc.” section of the following webpage: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/gov_hr_security/requesting_files/
  • Mailing Address:  Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency; ATTN: FOI/P Office for Investigations; P.O. Box 618; 1137 Branchton Road; Boyers, PA 16018
  • Telephone: (724)794-5612 ext. 7000
  • E-Mail: FOIPARequests@nbib.gov
    • please note, “requests” is plural in this email address.
    • Before transmitting, you should ensure that the security of your email system is adequate for transmitting your request which contains your sensitive, personally identifiable information.

Requesting Adjudications Records (if you are a DoD affiliate):

  • If you believe the DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility maintains records regarding your security clearance eligibility and/or suitability determination, please refer to this website for specific details: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/dod_caf/adjudications/
  • Mailing Address:  Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency; ATTN: FOI/P Office for Adjudications; 600 10th Street; Fort Meade, MD 20755-5131
  • E-Mail: whs.meade.dodcaf.mbx.dodcaf-privacy-act@mail.mil
    • Before transmitting, you should ensure that the security of your email system is adequate for transmitting your request which contains your sensitive, personally identifiable information.

Requesting Records from the DCSA FOIA and Privacy Headquarters office:

  • Mailing Address: Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency; ATTN: FOI/P Office; 27130 Telegraph Rd., Quantico, VA  22134-2253.
  • Telephone: (571) 305-6740 or (571) 305-6741
  • e-Mail: dcsa.quantico.dcsa-hq.mbx.foia@mail.mil

More information about the DCSA FOIA and Privacy Program can be found on our homepage at: https://www.dcsa.mil/contact/foia/foia_privacy.

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