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Deputy Director, DCSA Personnel Vetting


Christy K. Wilder is a Deputy Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) with a focus on the Personnel Vetting mission.

In conjunction with the Director of DCSA, Ms. Wilder is responsible for the oversight and management of the government’s largest security organization, focused on securing classified and sensitive information and technology and ensuring a trusted workforce for both the military and the rest of the federal government.

DCSA is a strategic asset to the Nation and its allies – continuously ensuring a trusted federal, industrial and affiliated workforce, and enabling industry’s delivery of uncompromised capabilities by leveraging advanced technologies and innovation. The agency uniquely blends critical technology protection, trusted personnel vetting, counterintelligence, and professional education and certification to advance and preserve America's strategic edge.

Beginning in October 2016 and through the duration of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), she served respectively as the organization’s Chief of Staff then Deputy Director where she oversaw the NBIB organization as a whole, including leading implementation of the NBIB Director’s priorities, coordinating and managing business operations, presiding over governance, and facilitating strategic business initiatives. Ms. Wilder also played a pivotal role in the standup of NBIB as the Deputy Manager of the Transition Team charged with creating the new organization by 1 October 2016 to support the President’s goals of reforming the security clearance process and strengthening how the government conducts background investigations.

In the six years prior to her appointment to the Deputy Manager position, Ms. Wilder held several positions within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence including leading Congressional engagements on government-wide counterintelligence and security initiatives, being the Oversight Branch Manager for the Special Security Directorate, and overseeing and assessing the end-to-end vetting processes across government.

Ms. Wilder started her federal career in 2003 working for the Defense Security Service, then transferred to Federal Investigative Services, Office of Personnel Management in 2005.  She served in a myriad of positions, including Special Agent conducting background investigations, Acting Supervisory Agent-in-Charge, Operations and Policy Analyst, etc. and was selected to support major initiatives and programs including the first International engagement, the White House Presidential Transition, Integrity Assurance Recovery (a program to investigate potentially falsified investigations), and investigative processes modernization.

Ms. Wilder received a Master of Science degree in General/Theoretical Psychology, magna cum laude, in 1997 from Appalachian State University, Boone N.C., where she also earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in 1995.