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July 14, 2020

Submission of CSR reconsiderations to DoD CAF (applies only to military and civilian personnel)

Reconsideration requests submitted to the DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF) are sent via the Defense Information Security System (DISS) using a Customer Service Request (CSR). Only current security eligibility determinations that reflect “Denied” or “Revoked” are eligible for reconsideration. Eligibility determinations indicating “No Determination Made,” “Loss of Jurisdiction,” or “Withdrawn” are recertification requests. Click the title for more information..

July 2, 2020

Additional COVID-19 NISP Authorization Guidance

Region Action Officers will continue to perform assess and authorize activities and manage workload appropriately. System registrations in the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) that have submitted completed packages (Control Approval Chain (CAC) workflow) with an Authorization Termination Date (ATD) prior to September 30, 2020, will be assessed and considered for extensions up to 180 days. Either the Assess and Authorize or Extension workflow in eMASS will be utilized as appropriate. For new system registrations in eMASS, the Security Control Assessment (SCA) activity will continue to occur. The onsite portion of the SCA activity may be delayed, deferred, or rescheduled. Documenting evidence of security and validation requirements remains unchanged; only the execution of onsite activity will change temporarily.

June 22, 2020

2020 Cogswell industrial security award program

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 56th annual NCMS Annual Seminar in June, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) will announce the 2020 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award winners on July 30, 2020, in lieu of conducting a ceremony. The information on the 2020 awardees will be posted to the DCSA website and its social media sites. Additionally, DCSA will publish the award winners in the August Voice of Industry (VOI) newsletter. After the announcement is made, the awards will be mailed directly to the recipients, and a DCSA representative will present the awards to the leadership of each winning facility at a mutually convenient time, either in person (when travel is deemed safe), or virtually. DCSA looks forward to announcing the well deserving winners of the Cogswell award for 2020.

June 22, 2020

CDSE launches Insider Threat mobile app

The Center for Development of Security Excellence, a provider of training and education within DCSA, announced the launch of its first app for iOS and Android mobile devices. Click the title for more information.

June 12, 2020

DoD Consolidated Adjudications COVID-19 Response

Despite the challenges caused by the current pandemic, the DoD CAF continues to operate at a high level. Here are some of our more recent accomplishments: Click the headline for more information.

May 19, 2020

VROC issues supplemental guidance on TS/SCI eligibility upgrade requests in DISS

The Vetting Risk Operations Center provides Industry with supplementary guidance related to the recent posting, "Operational Change to Adjudicating Tier 3 and Tier 5 Investigations" on April 30, 2020. The guidance does not intend to replace or supersede existing procedures, but rather to clarify Industry specific Defense Information System for Security (DISS) guidance related to the TS/SCI eligibility upgrade requests. Click the headline to see the guidance.

May 18, 2020

Overdue PR DQI Recall

On May 15, 2020, a Data Quality Initiative (DQI) was done in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) to address subjects with Overdue Periodic Reinvestigations (PR). We have learned that while the DQI successfully identified the overdue PR population, some Facility Security Officers (FSOs) and Security Management Officers (SMOs) with an owning/servicing relationship also received the DQI message on subjects with open investigations, recently closed investigations or subjects that were enrolled into CE because of a deferred investigation. These populations (subjects without overdue PRs)received the DQI message in error. We assure that no action will be taken on these subjects as a result of the 15 May DQI. As a reminder, clearances do not expire. If you encounter any issues with your Government Customers, please refer them to the signed memorandum, dated December 7, 2016, from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence reminding DoD Components that personnel security clearances do not expire. Click the headline to see the guidance.

May 8, 2020

2020 PSI Data Collection to Industry

DCSA just completed the 2020 Personnel Security Investigation (PSI) Data Collection to Industry, and would like to thank our industry partners for their participation. In spite of many facility closures due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, over 8,000 unique CAGE codes still found a way to respond to the 2020 PSI Data Collection using National Industrial Security System. The submission rates for the 2020 PSI Data collection increased 25% over last year, with almost 2,000 additional CAGEs responding. Approximately 65% of all CAGEs were included in the 2020 PSI Data Collection up from a 52% response rate last year. Thank you again for your participation, as this survey is a key component in projecting PSI requirements for the DCSA Industry PSI program.

May 1, 2020

Reminder of upcoming DQI

Reminder: The Defense Manpower and Data Center will conduct a Data Quality Initiative (DQI) in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) in mid-May to address subjects with Overdue Periodic Reinvestigations. In mid-May, impacted Facility Security Officers will receive a JPAS message with specific instructions on how to remedy the subject's record. For additional information please view a list of FAQ's here. https://www.dcsa.mil/Portals/91/Documents/news/Overdue PR DQI FAQ.pdf

May 1, 2020

Additional COVID-19 NISP Guidance May 1, 2020

DCSA provides cleared industry with additional guidance on how DCSA will conduct its oversight of cleared industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click title for more information.