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Oct. 30, 2020

VROC Interim Determination Update

At the beginning of October, the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) disabled the adjudication function in JPAS. Unfortunately, this action inadvertently disabled the Interim Eligibility determination function. As a result, the ability of the Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC) to issue Interim Eligibility for Industry in JPAS was impacted resulting in longer than usual lead times for interim determinations. On October 23, DMDC restored the Interim Eligibility determination function, but the "eligibility pending" entry, used when an interim eligibility cannot be granted, is no longer available. VROC has since resumed issuing favorable interims to industry. In the absence of the capability to post "eligibility pending," VROC will leave the eligibility field blank if an interim determination cannot be granted.

Oct. 6, 2020

Operation Warp Speed Industry Partner Toolkit Now Available

On September 30 the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE), in cooperation with multiple other agencies involved in Operation Warp Speed (OWS), has created a new toolkit specifically for those industry partners involved in OWS and available to the greater U.S. pharmaceutical sector. The toolkit contains a full suite of resources that address counterintelligence, cybersecurity, insider risk, industrial security, risk management, information security, operations security, personnel security, and physical security. The toolkit is available at https://www.cdse.edu/toolkits/ows/index.html.

Sept. 17, 2020

Transfer of vetting IT systems

David L. Norquist, performing the duties of the Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF), issued a memorandum on January 28, 2019, stating that the following information technology systems supporting the Defense Vetting Enterprise were to transfer from the DHRA/Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to DCSA effective October 1, 2020. The vetting IT systems are: the Defense Information System for Security (DISS); the Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission system (SWFT), the Investigative Records Repository (iIRR), and the Defense Central Index of Investigations (DCII). As a result of this transfer, the URLs for webpages related to system status, frequently asked questions, and other information will change. Users should update their bookmarks with the new landing pages on October 1, 2020: Click the title for more information.

Sept. 11, 2020

DCSA Windows Upgrade Guidance

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Authorization Office (NAO) has posted the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Windows Upgrade Guidance Memorandum. The memorandum provides Industry with guidance for upgrading DCSA authorized systems containing Microsoft Corporation operating systems that reached End of Life (EOL) on January 20, 2020. The memorandum is posted here: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/tools/ (RMF Tab). If you have questions or concerns, contact your assigned Information Systems Security Professional (ISSP).

Aug. 31, 2020

Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency Assessment and Authorization Process Manual Version 2.2

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Authorization Office (NAO) is pleased to announce the release of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.2. The updates focused on Section 9.8 - Federal Information Systems and Section 13 - Type Authorization. The manual becomes effective on August 31, 2020, and supersedes all previous versions. Click title for more information

Aug. 26, 2020

DCSA Careers Mailbox Disabled

Effective August 26, 2020, DCSA has opted to disable the DCSA Careers mailbox until further notice. We will not collect any new resumes during this time. If you have submitted a resume for future consideration, you will be contacted directly via e-mail. Persons with disabilities are still invited to submit resumes at any time by contacting our Special Placement Program Coordinator at DCSA.EEO@mail.mil. Please keep in mind that you also have the option of applying for DCSA jobs that are advertised on USAJOBS. Current vacancies can be found https://www.usajobs.gov. We will also be posting vacancies on Linked-In in the near future. Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with the DCSA. Click title for more information.

Aug. 26, 2020

ISOO NOTICE 2020-02

ISOO has posted Notice 2020-02, "Transmitting Classified Information," which reminds agencies of requirements they must meet for sending classified information through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) or by means of commercial carriers. The notice can be found https://www.archives.gov/files/isoo/notices/notice-2020-02.pdf. Click the title for more information. Cleared contractors under DoD cognizance are additionally reminded that they should verify that the carrier being used is still listed on the ISOO website prior to shipment of classified material. The list of carriers who meet the requirements of 32 CFR Part 2001 and the NISPOM can be found at https://www.archives.gov/isoo/faqs#what-is-overnightcarriers.

Aug. 17, 2020

Updated DISS JV Industry PSSARs FAQs

The Defense Information System for Security (DISS) Joint Verification System (JVS) Industry PSSARs frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been updated to include additional instructions on how to successfully transmit encrypted documents to the DISS Provisioning Team. The PSSAR Industry FAQ is located under 'Access Request' on the left hand side of this webpage. Click title for more information

Aug. 14, 2020

Industry DISS Provisioning Reminder

Current Defense Information System for Security (DISS) users with Hierarchy/Account Managers are responsible for creating and managing DISS accounts within their respective Security Management Offices (SMOs). Click title for more information.

Aug. 13, 2020

DISS Subject Report accessibility

The Security Manager role in the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) is currently not able to pull the "Subject Report." In order to access the report, users can provision their alternate Account Manager with Security Officer to run the Subject Report. This is a temporary measure until the report module is corrected and the Security Manager role is able to access the full suite of reports. Tentative correction for this issue is schedule in DISS release 13.1.