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New DCSA Director named March 17, 2020

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On March 16, 2020, the Department of Defense announced William (Bill) K. Lietzau as the new Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA).

"Bill's leadership experience within the military, government, and industry, combined with his role leading DCSA transformation efforts, make him the ideal candidate to hit the ground running and lead the DCSA," said Joseph D. Kernan, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. "Bill understands the criticality of the background investigation and security mission, and the necessity to ensure a trusted workforce and protect critical defense information from theft or disclosure."

Lietzau will replace Acting Director Charles Phalen Jr., who has been acting director since July 2019. Under Phalen's leadership, the NBIB was successfully transferred from the Office of Personnel Management to the DOD on October 1, 2019. This transfer consolidated 95% of the federal vetting enterprise under a single agency in the DoD. Additionally, he was instrumental in leading a workforce that spans the country to reduce the background investigation inventory backlog, improve processing timelines, and achieve a steady state level of clearances.

"I want to thank Charlie for his dedication and commitment to the DCSA mission. But most significantly, I want to thank him for his willingness to lead the DCSA workforce through one of the largest organizational transfers in the Executive Branch and positioning the Agency for transformation while maintaining uninterrupted support for all of DoD and its government agency customers," said Kernan.


Personnel Inquiries closure
March 16, 2020 - In order to make the Vetting Risk Operations Center workforce adjustments during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective March 18, 2020, Personnel Security Inquiries (option 1/option 2) of the DCSA Knowledge Center will be suspended until further notice; however, e-QIP PIN reset (option 1/option 1) will remain open but will be transitioning to email requests only (email address TBD). We will continue to provide status updates via DISS Customer Service Requests and VROC email dcsa.ncr.dcsa-dvd.mbx.askvroc@mail.mil. We are requesting your patience and commitment to only submit priority status requests as our focus will be reducing our current inventories.

What the FTC is Doing
March 13, 2020 - The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies' products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver. Click the title to read more...

The 2019 "Targeting U.S. Technologies" report now available
Feb. 25, 2020 - The DCSA Counterintelligence annual report, "Targeting U.S. Technologies: A Report of Foreign Targeting of Cleared Industry," is now available. This product details and enumerates cleared industry's reporting of suspicious contact reports that represent potential foreign intelligence entities attempts to illicitly acquire U.S. technologies resident in cleared industry. You can click the title of this article to read the report.

Industry Fingerprint Submission update
Feb. 19, 2020 - DCSA previously posted guidance on using the new ALC code of "97008801" for all industry fingerprint submissions. Effective March 1, 2020, the Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) will no longer accept fingerprint submissions with the legacy IPAC/OPAC code of "DSS-IND." Any fingerprint submissions received after March 1, 2020, with the DSS-IND code will be rejected in SWFT and will need to be resubmitted with the new ALC code. Any questions should be referred to the Vetting Risk Operations Center at dcsa.ncr.dcsadvd.mbx.askvroc@mail.mil.

eMASS Authorized Service Interruption scheduled
Feb. 11, 2020 - An Authorized Service Interruption (ASI) for the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) has been scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). All instances, including the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) eMASS, will be inaccessible and any data and/or information entered will not be saved during the ASI. Please contact the eMASS mailbox, dcsa.quantico.dcsa.mbx.emass@mail.mil, with any questions.