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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).

March 17, 2020

Personnel Inquiries closure

Knowledge Center- In order to make the Vetting Risk Operations Center workforce adjustments during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective March 18, 2020, Personnel Security Inquiries (option 1/option 2) of the DCSA Knowledge Center will be suspended until further notice; We will continue to provide status updates via DISS Customer Service Requests and VROC email dcsa.ncr.dcsa-dvd.mbx.askvroc@mail.mil. We are requesting your patience and commitment to only submit priority status requests as our focus will be reducing our current inventories.

March 13, 2020

What the FTC is Doing

The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies' products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver. Click the title to read more...

Feb. 25, 2020

The 2019 "Targeting U.S. Technologies" report now available

The DCSA Counterintelligence annual report, "Targeting U.S. Technologies: A Report of Foreign Targeting of Cleared Industry," is now available. This product details and enumerates cleared industry's reporting of suspicious contact reports that represent potential foreign intelligence entities attempts to illicitly acquire U.S. technologies resident in cleared industry. You can click the title of this article to read the report.

Feb. 19, 2020

Industry Fingerprint Submission update

DCSA previously posted guidance on using the new ALC code of "97008801" for all industry fingerprint submissions. Effective March 1, 2020, the Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) will no longer accept fingerprint submissions with the legacy IPAC/OPAC code of "DSS-IND." Any fingerprint submissions received after March 1, 2020, with the DSS-IND code will be rejected in SWFT and will need to be resubmitted with the new ALC code. Any questions should be referred to the Vetting Risk Operations Center at dcsa.ncr.dcsadvd.mbx.askvroc@mail.mil.

Feb. 11, 2020

eMASS Authorized Service Interruption scheduled

An Authorized Service Interruption (ASI) for the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) has been scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). All instances, including the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) eMASS, will be inaccessible and any data and/or information entered will not be saved during the ASI. Please contact the eMASS mailbox, dcsa.quantico.dcsa.mbx.emass@mail.mil, with any questions.

Feb. 10, 2020

Industry Personnel Security Investigations Data Collection will open on March 9, 2020

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is responsible for projecting Personnel Security Investigations (PSI) requirements each year. The data collection for PSI projection requirements will be open from March 9, 2020, to April 3, 2020, through the National Industrial Security System (NISS) Submission Site. Annual projections acquired from Industry through this collection are the key component in Department of Defense program planning and budgeting for NISP security clearances. For more details about registration and other information, click the title of this article .

Feb. 6, 2020

Industry fingerprint submissions, IPAC/OPAC to ALC code

DCSA began using the IntraGovernmental Payment and Collection (IPAC) transaction process for monthly invoices and collection process for all customers. Effective February 1, 2020, the IPAC/OPAC code of "DSS-IND" has changed to the ALC code of "97008801". This code must be used for all industry fingerprint submissions with your appropriate vendor. Reconfiguring the CRI (SON/SOI/ALC) varies depending on the manufacturer of the local device and/or the accompanying biometrics software for fingerprint capture. Please work with your fingerprint vendor to make the necessary changes in the local software application or the vendor's enterprise application. Any questions should be referred to the Vetting Risk Operations Center at dcsa.ncr.dcsadvd.mbx.askvroc@mail.mil.

Feb. 6, 2020

DCSA Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.1 released

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Authorization Office (NAO) has released the DCSA Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.1. The updated manual includes revisions to better assist Industry in the implementation of the Risk Management Framework (RMF). DAAPM Version 2.1 becomes effective on March 9, 2020 and supersedes all previous versions. The DAAPM Version 2.1 and supporting documents are posted here: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/tools/. If you have questions or concerns, contact your assigned Information Systems Security Professional (ISSP). If you have specific questions about the format, content, or want to provide general comments, send those to dcsa.quantico.dcsa-hq.mbx.odaa@mail.mil