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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: https://emass-nisp.csd.disa.mil/. 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: https://www.dss.mil/ma/ctp/io/nao/rmf/. 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: dss.quantico.dss.mbx.emass@mail.mil

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.

April 16, 2019

NISP Enterprise Wide Area Network Job Aid now available

The NISP Authorization Office (NAO) has created a job aid for cleared industry partners interested in pursuing an authorized NISP Enterprise Wide Area Network (eWAN) for their organization. The job aid outlines the requirements for participation in the eWAN program, and provides guidance toward successful creation of an eWAN proposal, System Security Plan (SSP), and test and authorization planning. The job aid can be found on the NAO Risk Management Framework Site (https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/tools/) under "Resources".

April 8, 2019

DSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.0

The NISP Authorization Office (NAO) released the DSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.0. The updated version is posted on the NAO Risk Management Framework site(https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/tools/) under "Policy and Guidance". DAAPM Version 2.0 becomes effective on May 6, 2019, and supersedes all previous versions of the DAAPM and ODAA Process Manuals. 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 dss.quantico.dss hq.mbx.odaa@mail.mil

April 5, 2019

PSI requirements for Industry data collection through NISS has been extended

The Defense Security Service (DSS) is responsible for projecting Personnel Security Investigations (PSI) requirements each year. The data collection for PSI projection requirements is open and has been extended until April 19, 2019, through the National Industrial Security System (NISS) Submission Site. Annual projections acquired from Industry through this collection are the key component in DoD program planning and budgeting for NISP security clearances. Our Industry partners are highly encouraged to register for their NISS accounts in order to participate in the collection. Registration instructions are found on the NISS website under the Registration section (https://www.dss.mil/is/niss/). We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact: dss.ncr.dss.mbx.psiprogram@mail.mil. If you have any problems with the system usage, please contact the Knowledge Center at: 888-282-7682, options 1 and then 2.

March 28, 2019

Knowledge Center closure

The DSS Knowledge Center, Personnel Security (PCL) inquiries (option #2), to include e-QIP authentication resets will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019. Normal business hours will resume Monday, April 1, 2019.

March 18, 2019

NISP eMASS update

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) is scheduled to be operational on May 6, 2019. Industry partners should continue to use the ODAA Business Management System (OBMS) until then. Work with your local Information Systems Security Professional and/or ISSP Team Lead to complete the required training to ensure readiness for the transition. The NISP Authorization Office posted a job aid, https://www.dss.mil/Portals/69/documents/io/emass/NISP_EMASS_Training_Access_Procedures_Guide_1_14.pdf, that provides cleared industry security professionals with instructions on how to access the training and for DSS sponsorship instructions regarding External Certification Authority (ECA) Certificates and RMF Knowledge Service Sponsorship. The following are the step-by-step procedures to request a NISP eMASS account and complete the training: 1. Complete DISA eMASS Computer Based Training (CBT) 2. Complete DISA Cyber Awareness Challenge (CAC) training 3. Complete DSS IO (pre-populated) System Authorization Access Request (SAAR) form 4. Submit the completed artifacts (DD 2875 SAAR, CAC certification, and eMASS training completion certification) to DSS NAO eMASS mailbox: dss.quantico.dss.mbx.emass@mail.mil Send questions and inquiries to the NAO eMASS mailbox at: dss.quantico.dss.mbx.emass@mail.mil.

March 14, 2019

Revised SF-328 now available

The SF 328, Certificate Pertaining to Foreign Interests, has been revised. The revision provides for additional uses by Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. No additional substantive changes were made to the form and industry can begin use immediately. The form can be found on the GSA website at https://www.gsa.gov/forms-library/certificate-pertaining-foreign-interests, and the DoD issuance site at https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/sf/sf0328.pdf. There is no requirement for industry to resubmit forms already provided to the government.

Feb. 26, 2019

PSI requirements for Industry data collection through NISS

The Defense Security Service (DSS) is responsible for projecting Personnel Security Investigations (PSI) requirements each year. The data collection for PSI projection requirements will be conducted March 11 through April 5, 2019, through the National Industrial Security System (NISS) Submission Site. Annual projections acquired from Industry through this collection are the key component in DoD program planning and budgeting for NISP security clearances. In preparation for this upcoming data collection, our Industry partners are highly encouraged to register for their NISS accounts before March 11, in order to participate in the survey. Registration instructions are found on the NISS website under the Registration section (https://www.dss.mil/is/niss/). We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact: dss.ncr.dss.mbx.psiprogram@mail.mil. If you have any problems with the system usage, please contact the Knowledge Center at: 888-282-7682, options 1 and then 2.