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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.
Subject management and adjudication features are essential to delivering a modern and secure personnel vetting program. This release provides capabilities that will ultimately enhance the speed and efficacy of security managers across the federal government and industry. It introduces the ability to automatically assign cases through an “assignment engine” that is tailored based on organizationally defined workflow, among other innovations. It is the most significant technology release to the platform since operational control for NBIS transferred from Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to DCSA on Oct. 1, 2020.
The following capabilities are now integrated in the NBIS IT interface and are being tested by NBIS pilot participants.


Initiation, Application, and Case Management

  • Initiate a case request.
  • Interface with eApp to receive Standard Form 86, 85, and 85P submissions from applicants.
  • Review submitted standard forms and any system error flags.
  • Complete order form for Agency User Block (AUB) fields.
  • Create templates for order forms with auto-fill fields.
  • Authorize cases to be released for investigation.

Adjudication and Subject Management

  • Search for existing subjects or create a new profile.
  • View subject profile details and initiate different actions.
  • Initiate service requests, including mass initiation for large groups of subjects.
  • Create an adjudication case from the subject profile by manually inputting data.
  • Ingest investigation file to automatically generate an adjudication case.

Assignment/ User / Organization Management

  • Allow managers to automatically assign cases through the “assignment engine,” based on organizationally defined workflow.
  • Manually assign cases, either in bulk or as single assignments.
  • Create user profiles and manage capabilities, based on specific permissions.
  • Create templates for user profiles.
  • Manage organizational capabilities, details, relationships, and hierarchy structure.
  • Establish “teams” to further organize users within an organization and migrate/move them as necessary.
  • Consolidate all open actions/tasks in a single task inbox.
  • Set up notifications for certain case activities within the system or via email.
  • Create program tags so only certain users can work cases with specific attributes to provide extra security for organizations.
  • Configure which organizations can complete a case request.
  • View the workflow from a management-level and validate any errors in the workflow.
  • Create customized data reports and export them.
  • Access Clearance Summary information, Adjudication Summary Information, Person Summary Information, Person Detail Information and ROI Information that included the following file types:
    • E-Adjudication
    • Straggler File
    • Spouse/Cohabitant National Agency Checks (NAC)
    • Fingerprint Special Agreement Checks (SAC)
    • Tiered Investigation
    • Advanced Products
    • Reopen File

NBIS Onboarding Status

DCSA is currently undergoing initial piloting for select customer agencies and will continue to conduct organizational onboarding in phases over multiple fiscal years. As DCSA expands the NBIS end-user population, agency liaisons will reach out to supported customers to conduct a three-phased approach: planning, onboarding, and scaling. NBIS is designed to provide the flexibility to cater to organizational needs while customers adapt to new Trusted Workforce guidelines. Continue to follow DCSA.gov for up-to-date information on NBIS development and onboarding efforts.


Additional NBIS information is located at www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis. Contact the Agency Support/System Liaison Helpline at 724-794-5612 x4600 with questions.



Ready, Set, DISS! video
March 5, 2021 - The Defense Information System for Security (DISS) is replacing the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS). JPAS will transition to a read-only mode on March 15, 2021, and will be retired on March 31, 2021. All updates to eligibility, access, and visit data must be completed in DISS prior to March 15. In anticipation of this move, DCSA produced a short animated video that addresses the key steps industry must take to ensure a smooth transition. Click the title for more information.

32 Code of Federal Regulation Part 117, NISPOM is now in effect. Cleared contractors under DOD cognizance must implement and comply within six months.
Feb. 26, 2021 - The NISPOM rule at 32 CFR Part 117, “National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual,” became effective on February 24, 2021. The rule stipulates that contractors must implement changes no later than six months after the date of the published rule. The exact implementation date will be published in an Industrial Security Letter (ISL). The ISL will also provide further guidance about the rule’s implementation. The rule implements policy, assigns responsibilities, establishes requirements, and provides procedures consistent with Executive Order 12829, “National Industrial Security Program;” Executive Order 10865, “Safeguarding Classified Information within Industry;” and 32 Code of Regulation Part 2004, “National Industrial Security Program.” That guidance outlines the protection of classified information that is disclosed to, or developed by contractors, licensees, grantees, or certificate holders to prevent unauthorized disclosure. Click the title for more information.

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. 2, 2021 - 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