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News | Aug. 17, 2021

DCSA Releases ISL 2021-02, “SEAD 3,"

Clarification and Guidance on Reportable Activities for cleared contractors under DoD cognizance.  The ISL provides clarity on reporting requirements for all covered individuals who have access to classified information.  The ISL additionally advises that cleared contractors under DoD cognizance must implement the change in 32 Code of Federal Regulation Part 117, “National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual,” Rule effective August 24, 2021.

DoD has amended 32 CFR Part 117, the NISPOM Rule to extend the compliance date solely for reporting and pre-approval of unofficial foreign travel as prescribed in SEAD 3, until no later than 18 months from the effective date of the rule for those contractors under DoD security cognizance.  The reporting of the foreign travel component of SEAD 3 will begin August 24, 2022. 

Cleared industry under DoD cognizance should consult with their government customers for any additional foreign travel reporting requirements for those personnel who have SCI or SAP access and/or additional contractual reporting requirements.

DSCA will incorporate the assessment of compliance with the SEAD 3 reporting requirements with the exception of foreign travel as noted above, that begin on August 24, 2021, into scheduled assessments no earlier than March 1, 2022.

Resources for SEAD 3 implementation can be found at https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/NISPOM-Rule/ and include Industry SEAD 3 Reporting Webinar Recording, SEAD 3 Frequently Asked Questions, and a SEAD 3 Reporting Desk Top Aid.  Click here to view the ISL.

Additional industrial security letter guidance for 32 CFR Part 117, NISPOM Rule (insider threat, SF-328, DISS, and consolidated article) that have been coordinated through the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee (NISPPAC) continue to be processed and coordinated for issuance.  Cleared industry will be informed when they are approved and posted.

Industry CV Enrollment Guidance
Sept. 2, 2021 - The Vetting Risk Operations is leading the implementation effort to have the national security population enrolled in a compliant Continuous Vetting (CV) Program. The guidance, found here, provides steps that should be taken by Industry Facility Security Officers to ensure their employees are enrolled into CV. Click title for more information

Aug. 18, 2021 - DCSA has successfully deployed Release 3.1 of the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS). A follow up to Release 3.0, this release adds capability expansion on the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS) and enables high side case management for Continuous Vetting (CV). Now considered an initial minimal viable product (MVP), this release builds a foundational infrastructure for NBIS, bringing with it a speed to market of unprecedented capabilities delivered in an unprecedented delivery window. This release is part of an ongoing rollout of iterative, frequent releases to ensure that all functionalities receive appropriate user acceptance testing with adequate feedback loops. Read the latest on NBIS here www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis/. Click title for more information.

DCSA’S Security Review and Rating Process
Aug. 16, 2021 - On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, DCSA provides oversight to approximately 10,000 cleared U.S. companies under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), ensuring that sensitive and classified information, technologies, and material are properly protected. To do this, DCSA conducts security reviews of cleared contractors through an established security review and rating process. Beginning September 1, DCSA will begin implementing refinements to this process. Click the title to learn more.

Personnel Security Investigations for Industry memos
Aug. 2, 2021 - Industry should disregard any memorandums received by the Government Contracting Activity about the suspension of submissions of personnel security investigation requests. DCSA is not suspending the submission of Industry personnel security investigation requests. Facility security officers should continue to submit personnel security investigation requests to the Vetting Risk Operations Center for processing.

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.