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DCSA deploys NBIS Release 3.0

DCSA Deploys NBIS Release 3.0 with Significant Capability Enhancements

DCSA has successfully deployed Release 3.0 of the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS). A follow up to Release 2.6, this deployment adds enhanced capabilities for subject and risk management, industry support, and continuous vetting. The features outlined below are part of an ongoing NBIS release rollout, ensuring that all functionalities receive appropriate user acceptance testing in a phased approach:

Subject Management

  • Subject List: The “Subject List” provides a customizable view that subject managers can use for seamless and intuitive population management, as well as advanced searches to target specific subject data points.
  • Enhanced Subject Creation and Initiation: Enhanced subject creation and SF-XX initiation processes are streamlined to maximize efficiencies and create a more agreeable end user experience.
  • Case-based Reports: Two case-based reports illustrate the lifecycle of cases in NBIS. The first will show cases on subjects affiliated with an organization, while the second will track cases initiated by an organization.

Risk Management

  • Interim/Temporary Determinations: Authorized users can make a risk-based assessment and enter an interim eligibility/determination for subjects when defined criteria are met.
  • Component Adjudications: Component adjudicators can take jurisdiction over cases and complete the adjudicative process by rendering a final determination that falls within their organization's scope and authority.
  • Screening Organizations: The screening organization provides a venue for oversight management responsibilities and large-scale population management across multiple organizations.

Industry Support

  • Facility Security Officer (FSO) Role: To support the unique needs of industry partners, DCSA has created an industry org type, along with an FSO role. The FSO role will mirror the current Subject Management role with added security that addresses privacy concerns.

continuous vetting (CV)

  • Framework CV Capabilities: DCSA has established the foundation of a Common Data Model, began integrated CV into existing engines in a phased approach, and developed alert categorization and alert structure creation.

Additional Capabilities

  • SF-85 2018: SF-85 (2018) form type is available in NBIS.
  • Reopen: Functionality activation for the Reopen status in Workflow Builder will permit authorized users to reopen cases upon closure for various quality control reasons.
  • Attachment Visibility: DCSA is creating an NBIS-level capability to set which attachment categories are visible to which service providing organizations.

NBIS Onboarding Status

DCSA facilitates onboarding to NBIS using a phased approach, designed to ensure the onboarding process to delivers the best customer experience possible. DCSA divided onboarding customer agencies into groups seven across the federal government based on size and need. 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 (x4600) with questions.

Call Center phone lines working
July 26, 2021 - The DCSA Adjudications Call Center has resumed telephone services and can be contacted at (301) 833-3850. You may also continue to send your inquiries via email at dcsa.meade.caf.mbx.call-center@mail.mil. We look forward to hearing from you.

Customer Engagements Team (CET)
July 26, 2021 - Effective 2 August 2021, support of DISS, DCII, and SWFT users will transition to the DCSA Customer Engagements Team (CET). Until then, users should continue to utilize the DMDC helpdesk for their support requirements. The CET contact information is 724-794-7765 or dcsa.ncr.nbis.mbx.contact-center@mail.mil

DISS customer support transitions in August
July 20, 2021 - Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, helpdesk support for the Defense Information System for Security (DISS), Defense Central Index for Investigations (DCII) and Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) will be provided by the DCSA Customer Engagements Team at 724-794-7765 or dcsa.ncr.nbis.mbx.contact-center@mail.mil. Until that time, customers should continue to contact the DISS help desk at 800-467-5526 or dcsa.ncr.nbis.mbx.contact-center@mail.mil for any issues they encounter.

DCSA releases ISL 2021-01, adding NCUA to the NISP
July 20, 2021 - DCSA releases ISL 2021-01, adding the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to the National Industrial Security Program, increasing the list of Federal agencies that have entered into an agreement with DoD for Industrial Security services to 34 entities. Click the title for more information.

Register now for NISPOM Rule SEAD 3 Reporting Requirements webinar
July 9, 2021 - Join the DCSA Critical Technology Protection Directorate staff on Wednesday, July 14, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time , for an Adobe Connect webinar, “Implementation of Security Executive Agent Directive 3, 'Reporting Requirements for Personnel with Access to Classified Information or Who Hold a Sensitive Position,' and Cleared Industry under DoD Cognizance,” where they'll discuss the SEAD 3 reporting requirements as outlined in 32 CFR Part 117 (NISPOM Rule). The webinar is recommended for attendance by Facility Security Officers, Insider Threat Program Senior Officials and cleared contractor security staff, and will include a question and answer session. More information on this webinar and others scheduled is available in the Resources tab at https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/NISPOM-Rule/.