News | Dec. 14, 2021

DCSA Cyber Awareness Message Cites Crucial Consumer Tips for the Holiday Season

DCSA Cyber Awareness Message Cites Crucial Consumer Tips for the Holiday Season QUANTICO, Va. – As the holiday season is in full swing, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) reminds its stakeholders who use computers and electronic devices – including more than 263 million consumers who shop online in the U.S. – to remain vigilant and increase their cybersecurity practices. click here

DCSA announces new Deputy Director
Jan. 3, 2022 - Today, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) announced the selection of Daniel J. Lecce as Deputy Director effective January 18, 2022. As Deputy Director, Mr. Lecce will be the principal advisor to the Director. He will assist in shaping policies, managing resources, and leading operational activities to accomplish the Agency’s mission. Mr. Lecce is a tested executive with significant experience leading large and complex organizations. He has experience driving strategic change and posturing organizations to achieve goals and meet future demands. He is a leader who also brings extensive experience managing personnel, budgets, and information technology requirements, top priorities for DCSA. Mr. Lecce is a retired Marine Corps Major General with decades of leadership experience in a variety of roles. Most recently he served as staff judge advocate and senior legal advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. In this role, he provided legal advice to the Commandant and key staff on strategic issues that are relevant to DCSA’s mission: cyber law, intelligence-operations law and intelligence oversight. His proven record and demonstrated leadership skills make him ideally suited to help lead DCSA’s transformation into the future. Mr. Lecce was selected after an extensive process that included a call for nominations from across the security enterprise and intelligence community, throughout DOD, across all interagency partners, and the entire defense industrial base.

New NISP eMASS System Security Plan Submission Instructions
Dec. 22, 2021 - The customized workflows within the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) instance of the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) have Industry primarily conducting actions in the Control Approval Chain (CAC) and owning a very limited role in the Package Approval Chain (PAC) for Assessment and Authorization (A&A) actions. In order to maximize Industry’s visibility into the A&A process, the NISP eMASS PAC workflows are being modified. Click title for more information

Use of Conditional National Security Eligibility Determinations for military, DOD civilian personnel
Nov. 12, 2021 - 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/. Click the title for more information.

DCSA Director updates DOD, government, industry and university leaders on DCSA Counter Insider Threat programs
Oct. 27, 2021 - Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Director William Lietzau told military, government, industry and academic leaders that the expansion of DOD Counter Insider Threat programs, hubs and personnel are proving effective in countering potential insider threats during an Oct. 20 symposium. “We have to stay a step ahead" of our adversaries and "from a DCSA-perspective, we are absolutely committed to doing that," said Lietzau at the Defense Strategies Institute Counter Insider Threat Symposium in a speech with a theme focused on safeguarding the integrity and trustworthiness of the federal workforce. Read the entire article at: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/407739/dcsa-director-updates-dod-government-industry-and-university-leaders-dcsa-counter-insider-threat-programs. Click the title for more information.

National Center for Credibility Assessment transfers to DCSA
Oct. 1, 2021 - 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.