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Jan. 16, 2020

Knowledge Center, Personnel Security Inquiries early closure

The Knowledge Center, Personnel Security Inquiries will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020, and will not reopen until Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Dec. 18, 2019

NISP eMASS Industry Operation Guide, Version 1.1, released

The NISP Authorization Office (NAO) released the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) Industry Operation Guide Version 1.1. The operation guide has been revised to better assist users in navigating eMASS. The operation guide is posted here: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/tools/ (eMASS Tab). If you have questions or concerns, please contact the NAO eMASS mailbox at dcsa.quantico.dcsa.mbx.emass@mail.mil.

Nov. 20, 2019

NISP eMASS URL update

After the latest Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Authorized Service Interruption (ASI) - migration to milCloud, the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for the NISP eMASS instance has changed. The NISP eMASS is now accessible at: https://nisp.emass.apps.mil. The previous URL is no longer valid. If users are experiencing application issues, please contact the DISA eMASS Help Desk via email: disa.global.servicedesk.mbx.ma-ticket-request@mail.mil; or by calling (844)-347-2457, options 1, 3.

Aug. 14, 2019

NISP eMASS Industry Operation Guide Version 1.0 released

The NISP Authorization Office (NAO) released the NISP Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) Industry Operation Guide Version 1.0. The operation guide is designed to assist Industry users navigate eMASS. The operation guide is posted on the NISP eMASS Information and Resource Center Resources. If you have questions or concerns, please

Aug. 9, 2019

NISP Classified Configuration available within eMASS

The NISP Authorization Office has made the NISP Classified Configuration tool (NISP CC) available to download via the NISP eMASS instance. The NISP CC is intended to assist industry in initial and maintenance configuration of NISP authorized information systems. Detailed instructions regarding accessing, downloading, and applying the NISP CC can be found in the NISP CC in eMASS Job Aid, located here

July 29, 2019

Background Investigation Mission Moving

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Defense (DoD) will realign the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) with the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) on September 29, 2019. Section 951 of the National Defense Authorization Act of FY18 and Executive Order 13869 provide direction for realigning NBIB personnel, resources, and functions to DoD. This morning, the OPM notified NBIB employees that their positions will be transferred to the DCSA on September 29, 2019. DCSA also notified NBIB employees that their positions will be reestablished under the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System. More about this action can be found here.

July 24, 2019

DISS Tips and Tricks-Customer Service Request (CSR)

The Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC) is providing a CSR Tips and Tricks guide to assist industry in creating CSRs in the Defense Information System for Security (DISS).

July 9, 2019

DISS Provisioning

Beginning August 1, 2019, the Vetting Risk Operations Center will ONLY accept NDAs/SF-312s and CSRs (formally known as RRUs in JPAS) through the Defense Information System for Security (DISS). It is imperative that you obtain a DISS account prior to August 1, 2019; to obtain an account please carefully read and follow the DISS JVS Provisioning Instructions located at: DISS_JVS_Industry_Provisioning_Instructions

June 24, 2019

Support for Windows 7 ends soon

Microsoft has announced that after January 14, 2020, they will no longer provide security updates or support for computers running Windows 7. The NISP Authorization Office is encouraging industry partners to beginning working with government sponsors to adapt a strategy for migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as soon as practical. Microsoft has posted some questions and answers at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/end-of-windows-7-support.

June 24, 2019

New agency name, acting director

Consistent with Executive Order 13869, "Transferring Responsibility for Background Investigations to the Department of Defense," the Acting Secretary of Defense has renamed the Defense Security Service to be the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). This action became effective June 20, 2019. Charles Phalen, Jr. will serve as the Acting Director of the DCSA effective July 1, 2019. Mr. Phalen will remain the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau. Mr. Phalen's dual-appointment will be in effect until a permanent DCSA Director is named. DCSA will serve as the primary Federal entity for conducting background investigations for the Federal Government. The DCSA will also, as a continuation of the former DSS, serve as the primary Department of Defense component for the National Industrial Security Program and will execute responsibilities relating to continuous vetting, insider threat programs, and any other responsibilities assigned to it by the Secretary of Defense.