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Dec. 30, 2020

Use of Windows 7 Legacy Operating System and Adobe Flash after December 31, 2020

Microsoft has ceased to provide security support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 operating systems. National Industrial Security Program contractors were permitted to leverage the Microsoft Extended Security Updates, but not beyond December 31, 2020. The attached memo is a reminder to cleared industry that Microsoft products are coming to end of life on December 31, 2020. Click the title for more information

Dec. 22, 2020

Ongoing JPAS to DISS transition

The JPAS to DISS transition is ongoing following DISS release 13.2 and with the December 11 announcement of the transition period extension beyond December 31. Users may continue to use JPAS while required functionality continues to come online in DISS. The next scheduled release - 13.3 - comes next month. Also in January, DCSA will host DISS training on Tuesdays, beginning January 5, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET. Check back for registration information. For JPAS-DISS transition questions, the help desk is available at 800-467-5526. Customer service hours are from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday (excluding Federal holidays). DCSA will continue to post updates at www.dcsa.mil/is/diss

Dec. 22, 2020

NISPOM Rule

The Federal Register published the final rule titled "National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)" (32 CFR part 117) on Dec. 21, 2020. The rule can be found here. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/21/2020-27698/national-industrial-security-program-operating-manual-nispom . Click the title for more information.

Dec. 15, 2020

Update on the Defense Information System for Security

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is extending the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) to the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) transition period. Not all functionality required for full transition from JPAS has been established in DISS, and it will not be established in DISS on or before December 31, 2020. However, the eligibility records in DISS are reliable, based on consistent use of DISS to record adjudication results over the past two years and recurring data quality initiatives. Click the title for more information.

Dec. 7, 2020

DCSA Knowledge Center

In an effort to continue to protect our workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, Personnel Security Inquiries (option 1/option 2) of the DCSA Knowledge Center has been 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. When calling (888) 282-7682, customers will have the following menu options: Click the title for more information

Nov. 17, 2020

DISS RELEASE 13.2

On Monday, November 16, 2020, DCSA released Defense Information System for Security (DISS) version 13.2. The release implements enhancements, updates, and fixes to all DISS subsystems, including the Case Adjudication Tracking System (CATS), Joint Verification System (JVS), and Appeals Module. New and improved functionality and business rules allow DCSA to better manage subject eligibility and users to better view subject investigation and adjudication results from federal agencies so that unnecessary investigations and adjudications are not performed. This version also launches two pilots for Investigation Request submissions with Navy and industry. Click the title to read more.

Oct. 30, 2020

VROC Interim Determination Update

At the beginning of October, the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) disabled the adjudication function in JPAS. Unfortunately, this action inadvertently disabled the Interim Eligibility determination function. As a result, the ability of the Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC) to issue Interim Eligibility for Industry in JPAS was impacted resulting in longer than usual lead times for interim determinations. On October 23, DMDC restored the Interim Eligibility determination function, but the "eligibility pending" entry, used when an interim eligibility cannot be granted, is no longer available. VROC has since resumed issuing favorable interims to industry. In the absence of the capability to post "eligibility pending," VROC will leave the eligibility field blank if an interim determination cannot be granted.

Oct. 6, 2020

Operation Warp Speed Industry Partner Toolkit Now Available

On September 30 the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE), in cooperation with multiple other agencies involved in Operation Warp Speed (OWS), has created a new toolkit specifically for those industry partners involved in OWS and available to the greater U.S. pharmaceutical sector. The toolkit contains a full suite of resources that address counterintelligence, cybersecurity, insider risk, industrial security, risk management, information security, operations security, personnel security, and physical security. The toolkit is available at https://www.cdse.edu/toolkits/ows/index.html.

Sept. 17, 2020

Transfer of vetting IT systems

David L. Norquist, performing the duties of the Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF), issued a memorandum on January 28, 2019, stating that the following information technology systems supporting the Defense Vetting Enterprise were to transfer from the DHRA/Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to DCSA effective October 1, 2020. The vetting IT systems are: the Defense Information System for Security (DISS); the Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission system (SWFT), the Investigative Records Repository (iIRR), and the Defense Central Index of Investigations (DCII). As a result of this transfer, the URLs for webpages related to system status, frequently asked questions, and other information will change. Users should update their bookmarks with the new landing pages on October 1, 2020: Click the title for more information.

Sept. 11, 2020

DCSA Windows Upgrade Guidance

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Authorization Office (NAO) has posted the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Windows Upgrade Guidance Memorandum. The memorandum provides Industry with guidance for upgrading DCSA authorized systems containing Microsoft Corporation operating systems that reached End of Life (EOL) on January 20, 2020. The memorandum is posted here: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/tools/ (RMF Tab). If you have questions or concerns, contact your assigned Information Systems Security Professional (ISSP).