Feb. 14, 2019

NAO delays release of the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS)

The DSS NISP Authorization Office (NAO) has postponed the eMASS transition until May 6, 2019. Cleared industry partners should continue to work with their ISSPs and Team Leads to complete the required eMASS training and request a NISP eMASS account to ensure readiness for the transition. Job aids are posted on the NISP eMASS Information and Resource Center. With the postponement of the eMASS transition, the DSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.0 will be delayed. The revised release date is April 8, 2019, with an effective date of May 6, 2019. Industry partners should continue to submit all System Security Plans (SSP) and supporting artifacts via the ODAA Business Management System (OBMS). Questions and inquiries regarding eMASS are handled through the NAO eMASS mailbox: Questions and inquiries regarding the DAAPM are handled through the NAO mailbox:

Jan. 28, 2019

DSS Releases ISL 2019-01 "Foreign Passports - SEAD 4"

ISL 2019-01 replaces the September 2018 notice on Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 4 posted to the DSS web site. The ISL provides additional guidance to industry on the implementation of SEAD 4 Adjudicative Guidelines related to the disposition of foreign passports belonging to cleared employees that have been previously retained by contractors in accordance with DoD directions and the former Adjudicative Guidelines. Click here to view ISL.

Jan. 7, 2019

Reposting of "Implementation of Interim Backlog Mitigation Measures for Entities Cleared by DoD under the National Industrial Security Program" due to an incorrect email in original posting

Oct. 24, 2018 - In early June 2018, the Director of National Intelligence, in his capacity as the Security Executive Agent, and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in his capacity as the Suitability & Credentialing Executive Agent (Executive Agents), jointly issued a memorandum directing the implementation of interim measures intended to mitigate the existing backlog of personnel security investigations at the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). These measures include the deferment of reinvestigations when screening results are favorable and mitigation activities are in place, as directed. In accordance with the guidance and direction received from the Executive Agents, Defense Security Service (DSS) will adopt procedures to defer the submission of Tier 3 Reinvestigations (T3Rs) and Tier 5 Reinvestigations (T5Rs) for entities cleared under the National Industrial Security Program. Facility Security Officers should continue to submit completed Standard Form 86 and the reinvestigation request, six years from the date of last investigation for the T5Rs and 10 years from the date of the last reinvestigation for the T3Rs. New reinvestigation requests will be screened by DSS using a risk management approach that permits deferment of reinvestigations according to policy. If the determination is made to defer reinvestigations, individuals will be immediately enrolled into the DoD Continuous Evaluation (CE)/Continuous Vetting (CV) capabilities, as required. The Executive Agents have directed all Federal departments and agencies to reciprocally accept the prior favorable adjudication for deferred reinvestigations that are out of scope (overdue). Existing eligibility remains valid until the individual is removed from CE, no longer has any DoD affiliation, or has their eligibility revoked or suspended. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence signed a memorandum on December 7, 2016, reminding DoD Components that personnel security clearances do not expire. Individuals with current eligibility in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS), or its successor, should not be denied access based on an out-of-scope investigation. That memorandum is provided here for ease of reference. If you encounter any challenges with this process, please email for assistance. These procedures will remain in effect until further notice. More information is available in the linked frequently asked questions.

Jan. 3, 2019

Knowledge Center open for business

The DSS Knowledge Center is operating under normal hours and is not affected by the partial government shutdown. We look forward to assisting you with your e-QIP pin resets/lockouts and Personnel Security inquiries. Please call the Knowledge Center at 1-888-282-7682, Option #2, available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, excluding federal holidays.

Jan. 3, 2019

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

Beginning February 1, 2019, DSS may reject investigation submissions that don't include the prime contract number, as shown on the associated industry 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 #2.