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News | April 9, 2021

Consolidated Adjudications Facility: Amended COVID-19 Extention Processing

In April 2020, in coordination with various stakeholders, the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF) began issuing COVID-19 extension letters for subjects with in progress official requests for information from the DoD CAF.  The purpose of the extension letters was to prevent an unfavorable clearance action due to a COVID-19 related non-response.
Although adverse impacts associated with COVID-19 persist a year later, the Department of Defense as a whole has matured in its COVID-19 posturing, which has enabled successful continuity of operations.  Due to the leveraging of telework, shiftwork, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, DoD-affiliated personnel are now able to continue working with minimal mission impact.
The DoD CAF evaluated current operating procedures throughout the community and reinstated its “pre-COVID” business processes and procedures regarding DoD CAF correspondence response requirements.

 

ATTENTION: REINSTATED PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS
The DoD CAF will no longer issue indefinite automatic extensions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
DoD CAF personnel will send a Request for Action (RFA) for a single extension related to COVID-19 via Defense Information System for Security (DISS).  Commands, Security Management Offices (SMOs), Security Managers (SMs), National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Facility Security Officers (FSOs), and other authorized security professionals have 30 days from the date of the RFA to comply with the official Supplemental Information Request or other request as received in DISS. 
If the requested action is not completed in the allotted timeframe, the DoD CAF may be unable to continue processing the adjudication until there is compliance with the official request. 
Questions regarding DoD CAF requests should be communicated via the DISS Portal or via the DoD CAF Customer Call Center at dcsa.meade.caf.mbx.call-center@mail.mil.

NCCS Update Notice
Sept. 14, 2021 - Due to community feedback relating to system challenges impacting NISP Contracts Classification System (NCCS) implementation, DCSA has made the decision to sunset the current NCCS application effective October 1, 2021, and will be coordinating with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security to update the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Over the next few months DCSA will be developing NCCS 2.0 which has a tentative release date of the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022. Learn more: https://www.dcsa.mil/is/nccs/.

DCSA Security Reviews
Sept. 14, 2021 - Effective September 1, 2021, DCSA began conducting Security Reviews based upon the refined and communicated security review approach that incorporates best practices from previous security review models. DCSA personnel are scheduling and visiting on-site contractor personnel to review 32 CFR Part 117 NISPOM compliance. The Security Review determines if measures are in place to counter potential threats, identify vulnerabilities and administrative findings, and advise the contractor on how to achieve and maintain an effective security program. The complimentary security rating process is a compliance first model that eliminates enhancements, utilizes a whole company approach based on analysis of the corporate culture, management support from the top, employee awareness, and cooperation within the security community. For more information on the rating process, click here (https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/srrp/).

Join DCSA for a DISS training webinar Sept. 14.
Sept. 13, 2021 - DCSA’s DISS team is hosting a webinar on SMO Consolidation and PII Data Management for government and industry DISS users at 2:00 p.m., Sept. 14. Click here to join the webinar. Seating is limited to 200 participants so join early and watch the DISS site for additional webinars coming soon. Click the title for more information.

Industry CV Enrollment Guidance
Sept. 2, 2021 - The Vetting Risk Operations is leading the implementation effort to have the national security population enrolled in a compliant Continuous Vetting (CV) Program. The guidance, found here, provides steps that should be taken by Industry Facility Security Officers to ensure their employees are enrolled into CV. Click title for more information

DCSA DEPLOYS NBIS RELEASE 3.1
Aug. 18, 2021 - DCSA has successfully deployed Release 3.1 of the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS). A follow up to Release 3.0, this release adds capability expansion on the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS) and enables high side case management for Continuous Vetting (CV). Now considered an initial minimal viable product (MVP), this release builds a foundational infrastructure for NBIS, bringing with it a speed to market of unprecedented capabilities delivered in an unprecedented delivery window. This release is part of an ongoing rollout of iterative, frequent releases to ensure that all functionalities receive appropriate user acceptance testing with adequate feedback loops. Read the latest on NBIS here www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis/. Click title for more information.