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On Monday, February 8, DCSA will deploy the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) Release 13.3.2, delivering functionality enhancements in both the Joint Verification System (JVS) and the Case Adjudication Tracking System (CATS). The scheduled DISS outage will tentatively take place on Monday February  8, from 6:00 p.m ET to Tuesday, February 9 at 2:00 a.m ET 

Features enabled in the Joint Verification System:

  • Capability to upload select documents within the Subject Details page. Note: once documents are uploaded via the Subject Documents tab, they are viewable and downloadable in CATS only.
  • Capability to resume an investigation that has been previously halted or paused.
  • New Security Office Identifier (SOI) codes to the investigation request pull-down menu.
  • Secret (NATO) and Restricted Data access levels can now be granted for Interim Top Secret eligibility.
  • New columns in the JVS User Roles and Optional Permissions report for role granted, optional permission(s), and last action taken.

Features enabled in the Case Adjudications Tracking System:

  • Ability to change investigation request type.
  • Ability to review and edit Extra Coverage Codes upon industry investigation request submission to VROC.

Features enabled in both JVS and CATS:

  • New displays timers to track each phase of the investigation request process:
    • 30-day timer for individuals to register and log into eQIP.
    • 90-day timer for individuals to complete and submit the eQIP application.
    • 90-day timer for both SMO and VROC to review the investigation request.
  • Access to VROC report for Industry Process Team roles in CATS and Security Manager roles in JVS.
  • 508 compliance statement within all DISS applications.

DISS RELEASE 13.3.2 fixes
DCSA is soliciting end user community feedback on DISS features and functionality and is working to continuously improve performance. Release 13.3.2 addresses capability concerns around rare cases of improper investigation resets, inability to access certain reports, and missing report features. DCSA is working to address known issues surrounding citizenship updates, erroneous error messages in the investigation request wizard, and irrelevant from/to fields in JVS reports.

Capability releases are part of DCSA's ongoing effort to ensure DISS meets or exceeds all existing JPAS functionality. DCSA will continue to post updates at www.dcsa.mil regarding the ongoing JPAS-to-DISS transition.

For DISS questions or to submit a ticket for data correction, contact DCSA.ContactCenter@mail.mil or the help desk at 800-467-5526, Menu Option #1: DISS. Customer service hours are from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday (excluding federal holidays).

Access to NISP eMASS restored
Feb. 19, 2021 - The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has restored access to the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) instance of the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS). The system is ready for your use. Thank you for your patience.

Important dates for DISS/JPAS
Feb. 16, 2021 - The following applies to all user populations: The Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) is being replaced by the Defense Information System for Security (DISS). This will complete a critical step toward deployment of the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) and full implementation of the government-wide Trusted Workforce 2.0 continuous vetting policy. JPAS will 'sunset' or be retired on March 31, 2021. In preparations for this date, JPAS will transition to a read-only mode on March 15, 2021. By that date, all updates to eligibility, access and visit data must be completed in DISS. Click the headline to see the entire News item for DISS/JPAS Update.

Feb. 11, 2021 - This month, DCSA successfully deployed Release 2.5 of the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS), adding significant subject management and adjudications features to the Information Technology (IT) system that is being built to transform the Personnel Vetting program. DCSA is currently piloting existing capabilities, while it prepares for large-scale onboarding efforts. Read the latest on NBIS by clicking the title for more information

Release of NISPOM 32 CFR Part 117 Cross Reference Tool
Jan. 28, 2021 - 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: Click the title for more information

Industry Personnel Security Investigations Data Collection will open on March 8, 2021
Jan. 26, 2021 - The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is responsible for projecting Personnel Security Investigations (PSI) requirements each year. The data collection for PSI projection requirements will be open from March 8, 2021 to April 2, 2021 through the National Industrial Security System (NISS) Submission Site. Annual projections acquired from Industry through this collection are the key component in Department of Defense program planning and budgeting for NISP security clearances. Click the title for more information