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NEWS | 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 following features are part of an ongoing NBIS release rollout, ensuring that all functionalities receive adequate user acceptance testing in a phased approach:

visit management

  • Requesting organizations can submit pertinent subject data for hosting organization approval.
  • Hosting organizations can create visits and events and share them with other NBIS organizations as invitations. Invited organizations can then add subjects to the event for approval. (NOTE: This is a new feature that previous legacy systems did not offer.)
  • Facilitate visit approvals, denials, and notification process flows. 
  • Conduct organization and subject-level views at any stage of the visit process. 

Access management

  • Tailor user-friendly access configuration options to pair access and eligibility, help facilitate policies, and modify as needed.
  • Pair access management options with the NBIS Workflow Builder or use as an independent capability in subject management.
  • Conduct subject-level management actions, including adding, removing, suspending, and reinstating access, as well as one-time, short duration access and owning affiliations.
  • Site Security Officers (SSOs) can manage and view SCI-level access, programs, and tickets.


  • View, record, edit, and delete polygraph information, as needed. (NOTE: Subject profiles will reflect information from all government agencies, whether internal or external to NBIS.)


  • Improved data quality scripts manage loss of affiliation, loss of eligibility, and administrative withdrawals, such as breaks in service.


  • Enhancements to Suitability and HSPD-12.
  • Ability to suspend and reinstate eligibility.

cross functional capabilities

  • Program tag updates to provide better visibility and tracking between organizations.



nbis onboarding status


DCSA is planning onboarding to NBIS in a phased approach. The rollout is designed to ensure DCSA can fine-tune the onboarding process for the best customer experience. DCSA has divided onboarding customer agencies into groups across the federal government based on size and unique needs. We are currently piloting NBIS both internally and with the U.S. Air Force. Once complete, the DCSA Onboarding Support Team will initiate NBIS readiness planning for the first of seven customer groups.
If you have questions about the onboarding schedule, reach out to your Agency Liaison to confirm your group assignment.


Additional NBIS information is located at www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis. Contact the Agency Support/System Liaison Helpline at 724-794-5612 (x46)

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.

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.