April 9, 2020

COVID 19 - maximum flexibility in employing alternative investigative methods

To facilitate continued vetting and onboarding of mission critical personnel in rare and exigent circumstances such as this period where COVID-19 measures are required, federal vetting policy issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in their respective roles as the Security Executive Agent and the Suitability/Credentialing Executive Agent, permits maximum flexibility in employing alternative investigative and adjudicative methods. Such methods include virtual interviews and remote secure access to records. In line with these adjustments, DCSA is working hard to insure that the investigations program will remain as fully productive as possible during this challenging period. Questions related to an Agent's/Investigator's identity or status should be directed to DCSA Physical Security: 1-888-795-5673, or

April 8, 2020

Guidance on industry fingerprint submissions for background investigations

The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)) provided personnel vetting guidance for the continued collection and processing of fingerprints. The USD(I&S) guidance states DoD, to the greatest extent possible, will continue to follow established guidance for vetting contractors under DoD cognizance for the National Industrial Security Program. Please refer to list of fingerprint service providers supporting geographic areas across the country; Click the headline for more information.

April 6, 2020

DoD Consolidated Adjudications COVID-19 Response

The CAF hopes you all are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. We acknowledge COVID-19 is affecting everyone differently; whether it is an inability to pay bills on time, need for mental health treatment, or other emerging concerns. Rest assured our adjudicative staff applies the whole person concept including consideration of circumstances beyond a person's control so as long as the individual acts responsibly under the circumstances. Continue to report in accordance with self-reporting requirements with the knowledge that our process complies with the Security Executive Agent Directives and applies the whole person concept. We want you, our DoD family, to be aware of our actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of our work is done electronically, we are responding to changing Health Protection Conditions to maintain our workforce's health and safety. To this end, we implemented the following: Click the title for more information..

March 31, 2020

Renewal of DD 441, 441-1

In February 2020, the DD Form 441, Department of Defense Security Agreement and DD Form 441-1, Appendage to Department of Defense Security Agreement were renewed and now include the use of digital signature. Previously executed versions of this form do not need to be re-signed, but the updated version should be used going forward as of this date. The updated forms can be found here: DD Form 441, DD Form 441-1. Questions can be directed to your assigned Industrial Security Representative. Click title for more information.

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 NISP Guidance March 30, 2020

The attached document 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..

March 25, 2020

New feature in NISP eMASS

The NISP Authorization Office (NAO) is pleased to announce a new feature in the NISP Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS). NISP eMASS users are now able to access the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) manuals, operation guides, forms, templates, and job aids any time by clicking [Help] at the top of the eMASS page. The documentation includes the DCSA Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM), DAAPM Appendix A, NISP eMASS Industry Operation Guide, eMASS Job Aids, eMASS Forms, and DAAPM Forms/Templates. All of the DCSA documentation is located under "Organizational Artifact Templates, SOPs, and Guides" on the eMASS Help page. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the NAO eMASS Mailbox at

March 24, 2020

Guidance from the Director of National Intelligence

Per guidance from the Director of National Intelligence, neither clearance holders nor applicants, should be penalized due to financial hardships resulting from COVID-19. Click the title to read more.

March 20, 2020

DoD CAF Call Center is Temporarily Suspending its Phone Service

In conjunction with COVID-19 measures, the DoD CAF Call Center is temporarily suspending its phone service. We encourage you to submit your questions/inquiries to our group mailbox at Please place as much detail as possible to allow us to assist you properly. An agent will contact you as soon as possible via email in the order in which your request was received. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

March 20, 2020

NOTICE to Cleared Industry UPDATE (March 20, 2020)

Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency in the United States, DCSA is suspending all Enhanced Security Vulnerability Assessments (ESVAs) and onsite activities until further notice. Facilities scheduled to receive an ESVA will instead be contacted virtually by their Industrial Security Representative (ISR) who will conduct a Continuous Monitoring Engagement. Detailed information on these engagements will be provided by your ISR. Click the title for more information

March 18, 2020

New DCSA Director named March 17, 2020

On March 16, 2020, the Department of Defense announced William (Bill) K. Lietzau as the new Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA).