June 12, 2019

2019 Cogswell winners announced

The Defense Security Service (DSS) congratulates the winners of the 2019 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. Fifty-one facilities were selected for the award, which was presented today at the annual NCMS training seminar, in St. Louis, Mo. These 51 facilities were chosen from approximately 13,000 cleared facilities. The award criterion focuses on principles of industrial security excellence, and factors include establishing and maintaining a security program that far exceeds the basic National Industrial Security Program requirements. The award was established in 1966 in honor of the late Air Force Col. James S. Cogswell, the first chief of industrial security within the Department of Defense. Cogswell was responsible for developing the basic principles of the Industrial Security Program, which includes an emphasis on the partnership between industry and government to protect classified information.

May 30, 2019

Filling in the 'Prime Contract Number' field in JPAS when submitting personnel security clearance investigations

DSS may reject investigation submissions that don't include the prime contract number, as shown in the associated guidance. The prime contract number is a required field in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System for personnel security clearance investigations. Please contact the VROC Knowledge Center for questions (888) 282-7682, select option #1 then option #2.

May 28, 2019

Personnel Security specialist hiring event

DSS is holding an invitation-only hiring event for personnel security specialists on July31 and August 1! Get more details here Positions will be at grades GG-07/09/11/12 and based in Anne Arundel County, Md. For interview consideration, please send resumes by June 28 to:

May 23, 2019

OTA awarded for Defense Security Vetting

Defense Security Service and Defense Information Systems Agency awarded an other Transaction Agreement for nearly $75 million to Perspecta Enterprise Solutions LLC, May 14. The OTA will support the continued reform and modernization of the security clearance personnel vetting processes. More details about the OTA can be found at: NBIS_OTA_for_21May2019.pdf

May 20, 2019

FAQs about the deferment process

The Vetting Risk Operations Center provides frequently asked questions regarding the deferment process. View the FAQs at: Deferment_FAQ.pdf.

May 10, 2019

DSS releases ISL 2019-02 to add Department of Veterans Affairs to NISP

DSS releases ISL 2019-02, updating the list of Federal agencies that have entered into an agreement with DoD for Industrial Security services. Click here to view ISL

May 8, 2019

Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC)

On August 1, 2019, the Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC) will no longer accept Research, Recertify, and Upgrade (RRU) requests in JPAS or Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)/SF-312s via fax, email, or mail. Those actions previously requested via RRU should be submitted as Customer Service Requests (CSRs) in the Defense Information System for Security (DISS); similarly, NDAs should be submitted for approval via DISS. For specific instructions on how to complete CSR/NDA actions, please reference the DISS user manual, which can be opened by clicking the Help link in the application. In order to prepare your security management office for this transition, it is imperative that you obtain a DISS account prior to August 1, 2019

May 6, 2019

The NISP Instance of the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support

The NISP instance of the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) is now the official system of record for Assessment and Authorization (A&A) actions. In addition to completing all the NISP eMASS Account prerequisites (SAAR, Cyber Awareness Challenge Training, and eMASS Computer Based Training), Industry users must complete the New User Registration in the NISP eMASS instance: Once the New User Registration is complete, Industry user accounts can be activated. The NISP eMASS Account and Access Procedures Job Aid is posted on the NISP eMASS Information and Resource Center: Note: DISA has identified an issue with New User Registration when accessing NISP eMASS via an ECA. DISA is implementing a patch that will resolve this issue by May 10th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the NAO eMASS Mailbox at:

April 25, 2019

Executive Order directing transfer of investigative mission signed by President

Consistent with the Executive Order signed on April 24, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) will begin a phased transition of the investigations conducted by the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to DoD. This action will include the transfer of personnel and resources from NBIB to DSS, as authorized by the president of the United States. The transfer of NBIB's operations, personnel, and resources to DoD will commence not later than June 24, 2019 with the transfer completed by Oct. 1, 2019. DSS will be renamed the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and serve as the primary Federal entity for conducting background investigations for the Federal Government. DCSA will also serve as the primary Department of Defense component for the National Industrial Security Program and shall execute responsibilities relating to continuous vetting, insider threat programs, and any other responsibilities assigned to it by the Secretary of Defense. NBIB and DSS have and will continue to work in an integrated manner to minimize disruptions to existing missions while beginning the transfer process.

April 17, 2019

Implementation of Section 842 of the NDAA

On April 10, 2019, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I))directed DSS to accelerate the implementation of Section 842 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. Section 842 of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2019 allows the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), to waive the National Interest Determination (NID) requirement for a U.S. company operating under a special security agreement (SSA) if the company has: 1. an "ultimate parent" located in a country that is part of the National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB), as defined in section 2500 of Title 10, U.S. Code (Canada, Australia, or the United Kingdom); 2. previously been approved for access to proscribed information; and 3. a "demonstrated successful record of compliance" with the National Industrial Security Program. DSS has identified the legal entities that appear to meet the preliminary requirements of that statute and is in the process of reviewing those companies for a demonstrated successful record of compliance with the National Industrial Security Program. Within 30 days, DSS will provide USD(I) with recommendations for waivers of the requirement to obtain a NID prior to accessing proscribed information under the control and authority of the Secretary, which is limited to Special Access Program Information, Top Secret Information and, with the approval of the Director, National Security Agency, communications security information.