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Jan. 8, 2021

DISS training in January is full

UPDATE - All dates for the Defense Information System for Security training scheduled for January are FULL. DCSA will work with NCMS to provide more sessions in the future. As a reminder, if you have registered for training in January and find that you can't attend, we ask that you cancel your registration accordingly. NCMS members can go to the registration platform and "cancel registration". Non-members can send an email to NCMSLive@classmgmt.com and inform us of your cancellation. Please watch the DCSA website for updates.

Jan. 7, 2021

DISS RELEASE 13.3.1

This week, DCSA will deploy the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) Release 13.3.1, delivering functionality enhancements in both the Joint Verification System (JVS) and the Case Adjudication Tracking System (CATS). The scheduled DISS release outage will take place from Thursday, January 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET to Friday, January 8 at 2:00 a.m. ET. Click title for more information

Jan. 5, 2021

DCSA working with NCMS to provide DISS training

DCSA is working with NCMS, using its NCMSLive WebEx platform, to provide a 2-hour training session every Tuesday from 2 - 4 p.m. ET during the month of January for EVERY user of the Defense Information Security for Security (DISS) - government, industry and agencies. NCMS members should register via their regular NCMSLive Registration platform. Click title for more information

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.