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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.

Federal Investigations Notice 22-02
Sept. 14, 2022 - FIN 22-01 dated June 30, 2022 is rescinded and replaced by FIN 22-02. This new FIN revises final pricing for DCSA products and services for fiscal year (FY) 2023 and re-publishes FY 2024 price estimates originally announced in FIN 22-01.  As stated in FIN 22-01, the proposed rate adjustments were subject to DoD Comptroller final approval of DCSA’s FY 2023 and FY 2024 pricing. After extensive, close consultation with the DoD Comptroller’s office, we have decided that the anticipated price reductions for FY 2023 will not be implemented at this time, in order to insulate customers from unanticipated budget changes. The FY 2023 prices originally published in FIN 21-02, dated June 30, 2021, will remain in effect. The revised Federal Investigations Notice 22-02 is now available. Please click the title for more information.

Introduction to NBIS eApp
Sept. 13, 2022 - The National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system has launched the eApp program, to replace the functionality currently provided by e-QIP. In preparation for future transition from e-QIP to eApp, DCSA has created a promotional video which highlights the various aspects of eApp, and notes the differences between the two systems. Check out the intro video (60-sec.) and the complete NBIS eApp walkthru in the Resources tab at https://www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis/. Click the title for more information.

VRO provides supplemental guidance for Continuous Vetting
Aug. 10, 2022 - In an effort to ensure the cleared National Industrial Security Program (NISP) population is enrolled into a compliant Continuous Vetting (CV) program, Vetting Risk Operations provides supplemental guidance based on the June 27, 2022, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OSD) memorandum, “Department of Defense Guidance on Continuous Vetting and Other Measures to Expedite Reform and Transition to Trusted Workforce 2.0.” You can find the guidance here. Please click the title for more information.

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