News | July 29, 2022

NBIS Industry Onboarding Regional Strategy

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. The regional order is as follows:

1.  Western Region
2.  Eastern Region
3.  Central Region
4.  NAESOC & HQ Region
5.  Mid-Atlantic Region

We recognize some multi-facility organizations (MFOs) may have cleared facilities in multiple regions.  If this is applicable to your organization, please refer to the Industry Onboarding Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions located in the Resources tab of the NBIS Industry Onboarding website, https://www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis/onboarding/ind_onboarding/, for additional details.

Industry Organizations will receive notification no later than two weeks prior to the start of their designated region onboarding to NBIS and will include resources that will provide an introduction and overview of the process.  Also, on the onboarding date, initial Industry participants will receive additional specifics and resources to guide starting the process.

As always, for additional information and updates on NBIS Industry Onboarding, please visit the NBIS Industry Onboarding website, https://www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis/onboarding/ind_onboarding/.

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.

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.

Renaming of the DOD CAF
June 17, 2022 - The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is renaming the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DOD CAF) to better reflect personnel vetting into the future. DoD CAF is now DCSA Consolidated Adjudication Services (CAS). The renaming to DCSA CAS does not change any internal or external organizational reporting relationships, missions, resources or support functions. DCSA, through the CAS, will continue to deliver informed and timely adjudicative decisions for the Federal Government to enable operational readiness in keeping with risk management principles. In 2019, the DOD CAF transferred to DCSA, and was part of the broader re-alignment of personnel vetting responsibilities. DCSA CAS, led by DCSA Assistant Director Marianna Martineau, supports the military services, Department of Defense agencies, cleared industry in the National Industrial Security Program, and certain legislative and judiciary branch entities. The DCSA CAS executes approximately one million personnel security, suitability, and credentialing actions. DCSA CAS executes 99% of all DOD National Security Eligibility determinations, 92% of federal government-wide National Security Eligibility determinations, and 10% of federal government-wide Civilian Suitability and Credentialing decisions. The DCSA CAS is the largest adjudication facility across government and the only adjudications facility covering all three branches of government.