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DoD Consolidated Adjudications COVID-19 Response

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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:

  • For the first time in two years, the DoD CAF achieved a healthy inventory in May! This is a significant accomplishment as its inventory’s high mark was 202K in February 2019, due to receiving an influx of cases as the investigative inventory drastically reduced. Through hard work and various process improvements to maximize efficiencies, we adjudicated 1,467,648 cases (including background investigations; continuous evaluation alerts, incident reports and customer service requests) to return the inventory to steady state.
  • The DoD CAF is working with its customers to mitigate any issues. The call center continues to support our customers using email (address below) inquiries.  So far, we responded to over 17,106 inquiries from security managers and facility security officers.
  • We modified our correspondence procedures to allow for increased electronic processing ensuring subject, security manager and facility security officer’s abilities to respond to our inquiries.
  • Working with DOHA, the DoD CAF is exploring the use of alternative capabilities for conducting psychological evaluations at military treatment facilities and through our industry psychological evaluation contract service provider.
  • We recently updated our adjudication procedures for Tier 5 and Tier 5R cases to adjudicate eligibility for civilian employees and contractors to the level requested in the background investigation.  For industry subjects, the Vetting Risk Operations Center published specific guidance on requesting SCI adjudications at https://www.dcsa.mil/About-Us/News/News-Display/Article/2188112/vroc-issues-supplemental-guidance-on-tssci-eligibility-upgrade-requests-in-diss/

Lastly, we are committed to keeping you updated. Please watch the DCSA webpage at www.dcsa.mil, sign up for future notifications via GovDelivery at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDODDCSA/subscriber/new, or contact our call center at whs.meade.dodcaf.mbx.dodcaf-callcenter@mail.mil for additional information.


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.

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.

Overdue PR DQI Recall
May 18, 2020 - On May 15, 2020, a Data Quality Initiative (DQI) was done in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) to address subjects with Overdue Periodic Reinvestigations (PR). We have learned that while the DQI successfully identified the overdue PR population, some Facility Security Officers (FSOs) and Security Management Officers (SMOs) with an owning/servicing relationship also received the DQI message on subjects with open investigations, recently closed investigations or subjects that were enrolled into CE because of a deferred investigation. These populations (subjects without overdue PRs)received the DQI message in error. We assure that no action will be taken on these subjects as a result of the 15 May DQI. As a reminder, clearances do not expire. If you encounter any issues with your Government Customers, please refer them to the signed memorandum, dated December 7, 2016, from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence reminding DoD Components that personnel security clearances do not expire. Click the headline to see the guidance.