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News | 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. Capabilities include:

NBIS Expansion on JWICS

  • Cloud Computing: Cloud computing capabilities to better support operational workload.
  • Searchable Repository: Single search pane of aggregated personnel vetting data for easy discoverability.
  • System Data Ingest: Big data platform increases precision and eliminates opportunities for errors associated with manual input.
  • Data Management: Case management application automatically aggregates and provides data structure through an organization, management, and storage format that enables efficient access and discoverability.
  • Alert Management: Ability to receive and ingest Director of National Intelligence Continuous Evaluation System (DNI-CES) High Side Alerts (JWICS) to support CE/CV workflows. Automated Records Checks (ARCs) allow progress to Trusted Workforce 1.5.


  • Consolidated Capabilities: NBIS allows a wide range of consolidated capabilities and functionalities, streamlined workflows and increased productivity throughout the vetting and screening process.
  • Increased Automation: Increased automation merges and simplifies several stove-piped workflows in external platforms, encouraging collaboration and information sharing to enhance mission support.
  • Fully Auditable: The CV high side application can leverage Attribute Based Access Control / Role Based Access Control (ABAC/RBAC) to track keystrokes.
  • Reporting: NBIS allows five levels of metrics for stronger and faster reporting with increased Vetting Risk Operations (VRO) support in the transition to Continuous Vetting.

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 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.

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

DCSA Releases ISL 2021-02, “SEAD 3,"
Aug. 17, 2021 - 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. 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.