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Important dates for DISS/JPAS


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.

Take steps now to prepare for this transition:
1.  Ensure you have an active DISS user account.
2.  Hierarchy Managers need to review SMO Hierarchy (edit or submit change request)
3.  Complete a full reconciliation of subjects under your purview

The following are some tips to help with the transition:

TIP:  Request DISS User Account Military and Civilian Agency users should continue to work through their respective DISS Account Managers. Cleared Industry must send a PSSAR with required documentation to dcsa.dcsa-northern.dcsa-dvd.mbx.diss-provisioning@mail.mil.

TIP:  Review Security Management Office (SMO) and establish owning relationship
If you review your Subject Report in DISS and find that your SMO is missing an Owning Relationship of more than 500 Subjects, send a list to the contact center (dcsa.ncr.nbis.mbx.contact-center@mail.mil) for assistance in establishing the relationship.  List must contain Name, SSN, and owning SMO name.  Reminder: send list encrypted.

TIP: Hierarchy Changes
If you need assistance updating your DISS Hierarchy please send your request to dcsa.dcsa-northern.dcsa-dvd.mbx.diss-provisioning@mail.mil

TIP: Updating Subject's Record
If you have any issues updating or validating records in DISS, please contact the DCSA Contact Center via encrypted email to dcsa.ncr.nbis.mbx.contact-center@mail.mil or telephonically at 1-800-467-5526.  They will be able to assist or create a help ticket to get the problem resolved.  Be prepared to provide an encrypted list to the helpdesk to document relationship at the SMO level (Name, SSN and Owning SMO name as displayed in DISS).

TIP:  Conduct a reconciliation of subjects between JPAS and DISS JPAS and DISS operate differently and data fields are not one-to-one matches. As a result, all personnel security professionals should validate and correct all records in DISS associated with the data migration from JPAS. This requires reconciling all subjects within a SMO and making data updates as needed to the subject record in DISS including Relationship, Eligibility, Access, and Visit data. To reconcile Subjects in your SMO in DISS:

Run a DISS Subject Report for a SMO to compare with JPAS PSMNet Report:

Step 1: Login to DISS
Step 2: Make sure you are working in the Correct SMO in DISS
Step 3. Go to Reporting Link in top left of DISS
Step 4: Run Subject Report (CSV, Excel, PDF) 
Step 5: Compare DISS Subject Report between JPAS and company employee report
Step 6: Identify
1.   Missing subjects without owning relationship in DISS to claim
2.   Subjects no longer affiliated with the SMO for removal
3.   Review each subject to verify Eligibility, Access, and Visit data for your organization
a.  Identify data that needs to be corrected
b.  Make updates to DISS
c.   If you encounter a subject record that cannot be updated, contact the DCSA Contact Center

The following applies to Industry users only: 

Effective Monday March 1, 2021, Industry may begin using DISS to initiate investigation requests, submit incident reports and adverse information, and manage all matters pertaining to a contractor's eligibility and access to classified information, security management activities (e.g. briefing, access indoctrination, and reporting) and visit authorizations between National Industrial Security Program contractors and/or DoD components.

Effective April 1, 2021, Vetting Risk Operations (formerly VROC) will not be able to access JPAS to process any investigation requests and will process all investigation requests via DISS. 

That means:
.   After March 15, 2021, you will not be able to initiate a new request in JPAS.
.   Investigation requests initiated in JPAS must be submitted to Vetting Risk Operations prior to March 31, 2021.
.   Vetting Risk Operations is taking all necessary actions to process all JPAS investigation requests by March 31, 2021.

Formal guidance and designation of DISS as the system of record for access and eligibility will be issued separately in an Industrial Security Letter.


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.

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

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

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