Federal Onboarding

DCSA is planning NBIS onboarding for federal agencies in a phased approach. This gradual rollout is designed to ensure NBIS capabilities have gone through significant user acceptance testing, and DCSA can fine tune the onboarding process for the best customer experience. This means that agencies onboarding towards the beginning of the rollout will not have access to the full suite of NBIS capabilities and will still have to rely on some legacy systems. DCSA will continue to work with agencies throughout the entire process.

Federal Onboarding Schedule

DCSA has divided onboarding customer agencies into groups across the federal government based on their size and unique needs. The Onboarding Support Team will initiate NBIS readiness planning for the first of customer groups. If you have questions about the onboarding schedule, reach out to your Agency Liaison to confirm your group assignment.

Timeline showing the NBIS release schedule, starting with a pilot phase for DCSA and Air Force in 2021. NBIS releases continue in 2022 and 2023 with smaller, less complex federal organizations, then average-sized organizations, and finally complex federal organizations. Major capability releases for Initiation, Investigation, Adjudication and Subject Management, and Continuous Vetting come with the later releases in 2023.


The NBIS Onboarding Support Team will begin communicating with agencies 180 days before they are set to begin onboarding. The sooner prerequisites have been met, the sooner agencies can onboard in their onboarding groups. While each organization will have unique requirements, the onboarding approach will be standardized, and the Onboarding Support Team will work closely with agencies throughout the process.

Personnel Vetting Questionnaire
Deployment Overview
NBIS Account Management Policy Document v 1.2.2
Introduction to eApp video