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NEWS | April 13, 2021

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) celebrates Its 2nd Anniversary

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.

Continued strong partnerships with DISA enabled the small NISP Authorization Office (NAO) NISP eMASS Team to create efficiencies by publishing user guidelines, working on deploying updates efficiently, and evaluating how to bring new partners onto the eMASS application.

"May 6 celebrates/marks another successful year for NISP eMASS," said David Scott, newly selected NAO. "Working closely w/DISA on system enhancements and our relationships has resulted in several upgrades including a future deployment that will reflect the significant implementation of NIST 800-53 reversion 5. At the same time, we continue investing in and training our field ISSP teams and providing them with tailored solutions which closely match our users evolving needs."

The NAO would like to take this opportunity to thank our DCSA partners and specifically the OCIO for their continued efforts and support. This milestone would not be possible without their cooperation. NAO is looking forward to another year of growth and enhanced operations.

NBIS DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES WITH CAPABILITY RELEASE 2.6
May 3, 2021 - DCSA has successfully deployed Release 2.6 of the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS). A follow up to Release 2.5, this deployment adds access management, visit management, and polygraph features required for federal government personnel security management. The features are part of an ongoing NBIS release rollout, ensuring that all functionalities receive adequate user acceptance testing in a phased approach. Click the headline to read the latest on NBIS.

DISS RELEASE 13.4.2
April 29, 2021 - DCSA will deploy the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) Release 13.4.2, which delivers enhancements to existing system capabilities. To support the release, system outages are scheduled for Thursday, April 29 starting at 6 p.m. Click the title to read more about the upgrades and enhancements.

DISS Investigation Request Update
April 21, 2021 - At this time, Industry investigation requests can be initiated in the Defense Information System for Security (DISS); however, the e-QIP registration code will not be provided due to an issue between the DISS and e-QIP systems. DCSA is actively working to resolve the issue. The systems are expected to be fixed by Wednesday, April 21. Additional guidance will be provided once it becomes available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Applicant Knowledge Center Guidance
April 20, 2021 - In order to improve the customer experience when initiating investigation requests in the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) and to provide the opportunity for DCSA to reduce call volume, please review the information below prior to contacting the Applicant Knowledge Center (AKC) and DISS Contact Center. For non-Industry customers, please contact your agency representative for assistance. 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.