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NEWS | Jan. 28, 2021

Release of NISPOM 32 CFR Part 117 Cross Reference Tool

The Federal Register published the final rule titled "National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)" (32 CFR part 117) on December 21, 2020.  The NISPOM establishes requirements for the protection of classified information disclosed to or developed by contractors, licensees, grantees, or certificate holders to prevent unauthorized disclosure. 32 CFR part 117 (NISPOM Rule) will become effective February 24, 2021, and authorizes the contractor no more than 6 months to comply with changes from the effective date of the rule.  To assist in implementing the NISPOM Rule and help those not familiar with the rule's structural format, DCSA is pleased to announce the release of the "32 CFR Part 117 NISPOM Rule Cross Reference Tool."  This tool maps the current DoD 5220.22-M NISPOM format to the appropriate location within the NISPOM Rule. When used as a desktop reference, the tool will assist in cross referencing, searching, and facilitating the navigation of the 32CFR part 117, NISPOM Rule. The tool can be found on the Center for Development of Security Excellence website:

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) celebrates Its 2nd Anniversary
April 13, 2021 - The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS), the official database of record for government and cleared industry members engaged in the Risk Management Framework (RMF) Assessment & Authorization (A&A) process has reached a significant milestone with their 2nd Anniversary on May 6, 2021. This anniversary announcement comes as NISP eMASS reports a record landmark with 1,502 eMASS Containers; 3, 700 users; and 6,292 systems. These numbers continue to grow every single day. NISP eMASS is the second largest instance within the Department of Defense as the Navy holds the record having been in use over 8 years. NISP eMASS maintains its positive impact based on relationships built by the Information Systems Security Professionals and Team Leads that work on a daily basis with both government and cleared industry users. Click the title for more information.

Consolidated Adjudications Facility: Amended COVID-19 Extention Processing
April 9, 2021 - In April 2020, in coordination with various stakeholders, the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF) began issuing COVID-19 extension letters for subjects with in progress official requests for information from the DoD CAF. The purpose of the extension letters was to prevent an unfavorable clearance action due to a COVID-19 related non-response. Click the title for more information.

Immediate need of verification due to incorrect eligibility
March 31, 2021 - If an Industry contractor is removed from a jobsite or cannot access a jobsite due to eligibility being incorrect, the Facility Security Officer (FSO) or Government Security Manager may contact the Vetting Risk Operations Center. Click the title for more information.

Contact Center Guidance
March 31, 2021 - In order to better serve our stakeholders, the information below provides guidance on which contact center to call/email for assistance with JPAS and DISS inquiries. Click the title for more information.

DoD CAF Annual Report now available
March 15, 2021 - The DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF) has released its first annual report covering FY20. It highlights the CAF's accomplishments and continuous efforts to improve DoD-assigned adjudications and related personnel security eligibility determinations through the adoption of business processes, streamlining security clearance processing timeliness, and the return to healthy and stable inventories. The Annual Report can be found here. Click the title for more information.