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July 29, 2022

NBIS Industry Onboarding Regional Strategy

In preparation for onboarding the initial Industry Org and User Managers into the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS), please review the below information to learn more about the onboarding strategy and how you will be notified to begin onboarding. NBIS onboarding for Industry will be incrementally rolled-out based on a facility's regional designation as identified in National Industrial Security System (NISS). Using this incremental approach allows for an orderly flow to the onboarding process for Industry organizations. Click the title for more information

July 5, 2022

FY23 Investigative Services Pricing

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency announced the Fiscal Year 2023 pricing for investigative products and services in a federal investigations notice (FIN) released today. The notice also highlighted initial estimated FY24 prices. Today's release marks the third price reduction since DCSA became the federal government's largest investigative service provider (ISP) in 2019. In that role, DCSA delivers investigative products to more than 105 federal agencies and charges for those services on a reimbursable basis via the agency's working capital fund. For more details, see the News Release - FY23 Investigative Services Pricing. Click the title for more information.

June 29, 2022

NBIS Industry Training Resources Update

The NBIS team would like to introduce training resources available for Industry users at the following site: https://nbisindustrytraining.countermeasures.com/courses/home. Users can access the site via Common Access Card (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV), or External Certification Authority (ECA)/Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) authentication. These resources have been developed and published to the Countermeasures website allowing our Industry Partners to preview NBIS capabilities before onboarding to the system. They provide an overview of NBIS and instruction for the Case Initiation, Review, and Authorize process in a variety of formats including e-learning courses, desk-side support Job Aids, and topical webinars. NBIS "Demo Day" recordings and FAQs are also available. Additional training content is being added to the site regularly to better support our Industry Partners. Additionally we will have resources available in the upcoming Industry Onboarding Portal to include Knowledge Articles and information regarding onboarding webinars. Regarding the portal, further details will be provided at a later date. Please visit the Countermeasures site mentioned above for more details and if you have issues with accessing the site, please contact the NBIS Training program at: dcsa.quantico.nbis.mbx.training@mail.mil Please Note: Some CAC users may be blocked from accessing the site currently due to security constraints. This issue is being addressed.

June 22, 2022

DCSA announces 2022 Cogswell award recipients

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) has recognized 26 facilities as recipients of the 2022 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. Chosen from nearly 12,500 cleared facilities in the United States, each facility has demonstrated industrial security excellence. To qualify, companies must establish and maintain a security program that exceeds basic National Industrial Security Program requirements. Recipients also help other cleared facilities establish security-related best practices while maintaining the highest security standards for their own facility. See the list of winning facilities here. Click the title for more information.

June 17, 2022

Renaming of the DOD CAF

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is renaming the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DOD CAF) to better reflect personnel vetting into the future. DoD CAF is now DCSA Consolidated Adjudication Services (CAS). The renaming to DCSA CAS does not change any internal or external organizational reporting relationships, missions, resources or support functions. DCSA, through the CAS, will continue to deliver informed and timely adjudicative decisions for the Federal Government to enable operational readiness in keeping with risk management principles. In 2019, the DOD CAF transferred to DCSA, and was part of the broader re-alignment of personnel vetting responsibilities. DCSA CAS, led by DCSA Assistant Director Marianna Martineau, supports the military services, Department of Defense agencies, cleared industry in the National Industrial Security Program, and certain legislative and judiciary branch entities. The DCSA CAS executes approximately one million personnel security, suitability, and credentialing actions. DCSA CAS executes 99% of all DOD National Security Eligibility determinations, 92% of federal government-wide National Security Eligibility determinations, and 10% of federal government-wide Civilian Suitability and Credentialing decisions. The DCSA CAS is the largest adjudication facility across government and the only adjudications facility covering all three branches of government.

May 26, 2022

DoD CAF (Adjudications) FY21 Year In Review Annual Report now available

The DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DOD/CAF) announces its second annual report covering FY21. The Annual Report highlights Adjudications many accomplishments and continuous efforts to improve DoD-assigned adjudications and related personnel security eligibility determinations-in terms of business processes and streamlining security clearance processing timeliness. The Annual Report can be found here. Click the title for more information.

May 12, 2022

The Pathway for NBIS Industry Onboarding

As part of Industry onboarding into the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) will leverage a ServiceNow platform, to host a NBIS Industry Onboarding Portal.  ServiceNow is the same platform used for Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) and Defense Information Security System (DISS) statuses, notifications and support services. The NBIS Industry Onboarding Portal will enable Industry Partners to conveniently and effectively onboard into the NBIS system where they have access to an interactive onboarding readiness checklist; training repository; streamlined system access request process, and support. DCSA is currently testing and preparing the portal for Industry Onboarding. Please check back for additional updates or for additional information on NBIS Industry Onboarding, please visit the NBIS Industry Onboarding website.

May 6, 2022

Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service Computer Based Training

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Authorization Office (NAO) is pleased to announce that the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) Computer Based Training (CBT), Course DISA100.06, is now available on the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) (https://cdse.usalearning.gov/login/index.php). Industry users can now complete this NISP eMASS account prerequisite on the CDSE STEPP site. This capability enables ease of access for our industry partners. For more information on obtaining a NISP eMASS, please reference the NISP eMASS User Account Request guide located here: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/isd/tools/. Please contact the DCSA NAO eMASS Team, dcsa.quantico.dcsa.mbx.emass@mail.mil, with any questions.

May 6, 2022

NBIS guidance: Industry personnel in DISS SMOs

Accurate and streamlined data migration from legacy systems to the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system is critical to minimize mission impact. The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) continues Data Quality Initiatives (DQIs) to ensure accurate data is transitioned from the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) data prior to the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system transition. To prepare for data migration, DCSA recommends Industry Facility Security Officers (FSO) verify that all employees with clearance eligibility are listed within associated DISS Security Management Offices (SMOs) prior to transition to NBIS. It is requested that Industry Partners continue to properly manage their employee populations in DISS as this will aid with data migration and transition to NBIS. For more details on SMO consolidation, refer to the DISS to NBIS Industry Hierarchy Preparation Guidance available on the NBIS Industry Onboarding website, https://www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis/onboarding/ind_onboarding/.

May 4, 2022

Mental Health and your Security Clearance Eligibility

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health, which is an important part of a person's overall health. Behavioral mental health treatment is not an automatic disqualifier for a security clearance. DCSA Adjudications looked at the 5.4 million adjudicative actions taken between 2012-2020, and found that 97,000 cases dealt with psychological-related issues. Of those cases, only 62 were denied or revoked for psychological concerns, which equates to 0.00115% of the total adjudicative actions. DCSA Adjudications is working to raise awareness that seeking mental health services does not affect one’s ability to gain or hold clearance eligibility. Get more information in the DCSA Adjudications "Mental Health and Security Clearances" fact sheet at: https://www.dcsa.mil/Portals/91/Documents/pv/DODCAF/resources/DCSA-FactSheet_Mental-Health_SecurityClearances-Oct21.pdf, or by watching the Center for Development of Security Excellence-hosted webinar, "Mental Health and Your Security Clearance Eligibility," at: https://www.cdse.edu/Training/Webinars-and-Conferences/Webinar-Archive/Mental-Health-and-Your-Security-Clearance-Eligibility/.