News | May 4, 2022

Mental Health and your Security Clearance Eligibility

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health, which is an important part of a person's overall health. Behavioral mental health treatment is not an automatic disqualifier for a security clearance. DCSA Adjudications looked at the 5.4 million adjudicative actions taken between 2012-2020, and found that 97,000 cases dealt with psychological-related issues. Of those cases, only 62 were denied or revoked for psychological concerns, which equates to 0.00115% of the total adjudicative actions. DCSA Adjudications is working to raise awareness that seeking mental health services does not affect one’s ability to gain or hold clearance eligibility. Get more information in the DCSA Adjudications "Mental Health and Security Clearances" fact sheet at: https://www.dcsa.mil/Portals/91/Documents/pv/DODCAF/resources/DCSA-FactSheet_Mental-Health_SecurityClearances-Oct21.pdf, or by watching the Center for Development of Security Excellence-hosted webinar, "Mental Health and Your Security Clearance Eligibility," at: https://www.cdse.edu/Training/Webinars-and-Conferences/Webinar-Archive/Mental-Health-and-Your-Security-Clearance-Eligibility/.

ATTN EXECUTIVE JOB SEEKERS interested in National Security!
May 16, 2022 - DCSA is proud to announce four new Regional Director positions: Mid- Atlantic (Alexandria, VA), Eastern (Andover, MA), Central (Farmers Branch, TX), and Western (EITHER San Diego or Los Angeles, CA). If you have a working knowledge of DCSA's mission's including Background investigations, Industrial Security, and Counterintelligence/Insider Threat; expert knowledge of Defense security programs, current regulatory guidance, operational procedures as well as an expert understanding of the defense industrial base; demonstrated experience building collaborative relationships with customers, industry representatives and other stakeholders and demonstrated experience leading diverse teams. One of these positions may be the job for you! Apply online by June 13: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/654037100#A.

The Pathway for NBIS Industry Onboarding
May 12, 2022 - As part of Industry onboarding into the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) will leverage a ServiceNow platform, to host a NBIS Industry Onboarding Portal.  ServiceNow is the same platform used for Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) and Defense Information Security System (DISS) statuses, notifications and support services. The NBIS Industry Onboarding Portal will enable Industry Partners to conveniently and effectively onboard into the NBIS system where they have access to an interactive onboarding readiness checklist; training repository; streamlined system access request process, and support. DCSA is currently testing and preparing the portal for Industry Onboarding. Please check back for additional updates or for additional information on NBIS Industry Onboarding, please visit the NBIS Industry Onboarding website.

Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service Computer Based Training
May 6, 2022 - The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Authorization Office (NAO) is pleased to announce that the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) Computer Based Training (CBT), Course DISA100.06, is now available on the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) (https://cdse.usalearning.gov/login/index.php). Industry users can now complete this NISP eMASS account prerequisite on the CDSE STEPP site. This capability enables ease of access for our industry partners. For more information on obtaining a NISP eMASS, please reference the NISP eMASS User Account Request guide located here: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/isd/tools/. Please contact the DCSA NAO eMASS Team, dcsa.quantico.dcsa.mbx.emass@mail.mil, with any questions.

NBIS guidance: Industry personnel in DISS SMOs
May 6, 2022 - Accurate and streamlined data migration from legacy systems to the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system is critical to minimize mission impact. The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) continues Data Quality Initiatives (DQIs) to ensure accurate data is transitioned from the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) data prior to the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system transition. To prepare for data migration, DCSA recommends Industry Facility Security Officers (FSO) verify that all employees with clearance eligibility are listed within associated DISS Security Management Offices (SMOs) prior to transition to NBIS. It is requested that Industry Partners continue to properly manage their employee populations in DISS as this will aid with data migration and transition to NBIS. For more details on SMO consolidation, refer to the DISS to NBIS Industry Hierarchy Preparation Guidance available on the NBIS Industry Onboarding website, https://www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis/onboarding/ind_onboarding/.

New Industrial Security URLs
April 15, 2022 - Update your bookmarks. You will notice revised URLs relating to Industrial Security. While redirects are currently in place, please update your bookmarks for future visits. We apologize for any inconveniences these changes might cause and appreciate your patience.