News | Oct. 1, 2021

National Center for Credibility Assessment transfers to DCSA

The Defense Intelligence Agency officially transferred operational control of the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) to DCSA on Oct. 1.

The transfer of NCCA to DCSA marks two years to the day that the Defense Security Service (DSS), National Background Investigations Bureau and DOD Consolidated Adjudications Facility were consolidated into DCSA. It’s exactly one year since the National Background Investigation Services, legacy information technology systems from the Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Manpower Data Center joined DCSA.

Although the smallest of the 2019, 2020 and this year’s transfers, with roughly 75 government and contractor employees, the move is no less significant, bringing a unique mission and capability to DCSA and the Training Directorate.

As the government's premiere educational center for polygraph and other credibility assessment technologies and techniques, NCCA assists federal agencies in the protection of U.S. citizens, interests, infrastructure, and security by providing the best education and tools for credibility assessment.

NCCA determines the standards related to polygraph initial and continuing education in addition to polygraph countermeasures education and research. The center audits federal polygraph programs to ensure that they are compliant with federal policy, practices and standards.

Moreover, NCCA conducts continuous research and development of credibility assessment technologies, processes, and instrumentation in addition to supporting warfighter requirements for the employment of the Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System. The center also advises the directors of DIA, DCSA and National Intelligence as well as the under secretary of defense for intelligence and security on federal polygraph technical matters, policies and standards.

We welcome NCAA staff and students to our DCSA team as we work as gatekeepers to ensure our national security is continually protected.

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