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DCSA Security Reviews

Effective September 1, 2021, DCSA began conducting Security Reviews based upon the refined and communicated security review approach that incorporates best practices from previous security review models.  DCSA personnel are scheduling and visiting on-site contractor personnel to review 32 CFR Part 117 NISPOM compliance.

The Security Review determines if measures are in place to counter potential threats, identify vulnerabilities and administrative findings, and advise the contractor on how to achieve and maintain an
effective security program.  The complimentary security rating process is a compliance first model that eliminates enhancements, utilizes a whole company approach based on analysis of the corporate culture, management support from the top, employee awareness, and cooperation within the security community.

For more information on the rating process, click here (https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/srrp/).

Join DCSA for a DISS training webinar Sept. 14.
Sept. 13, 2021 - DCSA’s DISS team is hosting a webinar on SMO Consolidation and PII Data Management for government and industry DISS users at 2:00 p.m., Sept. 14. Click here to join the webinar. Seating is limited to 200 participants so join early and watch the DISS site for additional webinars coming soon. Click the title for more information.

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 DEPLOYS NBIS RELEASE 3.1
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 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.