News | Nov. 12, 2021

Use of Conditional National Security Eligibility Determinations for military, DOD civilian personnel

In November 2021, DCSA Adjudications resumed the use of Conditional National Security Eligibility Determinations for qualifying cases. “Conditionals” provide increased mission resiliency to our customers by diverting national security cases with minor unmitigated disqualifying information from due process into an automated monitoring solution provided by the DCSA Vetting Risk Operations’ Continuous Vetting (CV) program. Leveraging the DCSA VRO CV program in this manner enables Adjudicators to monitor compliance with “conditions” specified to continue maintaining a security clearance. Additional information is available in the Fact Sheet located at https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/dod_caf/resources/

Cleared Contractor SEAD 3 Unofficial Foreign Travel Reporting
Aug. 5, 2022 - The Defense Information System for Security (DISS) reporting module for unofficial foreign travel and bulk upload capabilities is now available in DISS. Reporting requirements for unofficial foreign travel, as outlined in SEAD-3, were deferred until August 24, 2022 to ensure the completion of necessary DISS revisions for foreign travel reporting and to create a bulk-reporting capability. As a result the foreign travel reporting module was created and includes the “unofficial foreign travel bulk-upload tool” allowing facility security officers (FSOs) to consolidate the unofficial foreign travel of multiple contractor employees into a single DISS report submission. Prior to August 24, 2022, DCSA will provide guidance about using the new module and bulk-upload tool as well as a job aid helping FSOs navigate the unofficial foreign travel reporting process. Continue to check out the DCSA.mil website for these resources and the latest guidance and tools.

NBIS Industry Onboarding Regional Strategy
July 29, 2022 - In preparation for onboarding the initial Industry Org and User Managers into the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS), please review the below information to learn more about the onboarding strategy and how you will be notified to begin onboarding. NBIS onboarding for Industry will be incrementally rolled-out based on a facility's regional designation as identified in National Industrial Security System (NISS). Using this incremental approach allows for an orderly flow to the onboarding process for Industry organizations. Click the title for more information

FY23 Investigative Services Pricing
July 5, 2022 - The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency announced the Fiscal Year 2023 pricing for investigative products and services in a federal investigations notice (FIN) released today. The notice also highlighted initial estimated FY24 prices. Today's release marks the third price reduction since DCSA became the federal government's largest investigative service provider (ISP) in 2019. In that role, DCSA delivers investigative products to more than 105 federal agencies and charges for those services on a reimbursable basis via the agency's working capital fund. For more details, see the News Release - FY23 Investigative Services Pricing. Click the title for more information.

NBIS Industry Training Resources Update
June 29, 2022 - The NBIS team would like to introduce training resources available for Industry users at the following site: https://nbisindustrytraining.countermeasures.com/courses/home. Users can access the site via Common Access Card (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV), or External Certification Authority (ECA)/Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) authentication. These resources have been developed and published to the Countermeasures website allowing our Industry Partners to preview NBIS capabilities before onboarding to the system. They provide an overview of NBIS and instruction for the Case Initiation, Review, and Authorize process in a variety of formats including e-learning courses, desk-side support Job Aids, and topical webinars. NBIS "Demo Day" recordings and FAQs are also available. Additional training content is being added to the site regularly to better support our Industry Partners. Additionally we will have resources available in the upcoming Industry Onboarding Portal to include Knowledge Articles and information regarding onboarding webinars. Regarding the portal, further details will be provided at a later date. Please visit the Countermeasures site mentioned above for more details and if you have issues with accessing the site, please contact the NBIS Training program at: dcsa.quantico.nbis.mbx.training@mail.mil Please Note: Some CAC users may be blocked from accessing the site currently due to security constraints. This issue is being addressed.

DCSA announces 2022 Cogswell award recipients
June 22, 2022 - The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) has recognized 26 facilities as recipients of the 2022 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. Chosen from nearly 12,500 cleared facilities in the United States, each facility has demonstrated industrial security excellence. To qualify, companies must establish and maintain a security program that exceeds basic National Industrial Security Program requirements. Recipients also help other cleared facilities establish security-related best practices while maintaining the highest security standards for their own facility. See the list of winning facilities here. Click the title for more information.