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March 25, 2022

Looking for DCSA Adjudications Information and Resources

Check out our latest resource on SCI Eligibility Process for Denials and Revocations located on the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency website at https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/dod_caf/resources/ The SCI one-pager provides steps to assist the facility security officer or security manager when SCI is denied or revoked for cleared industry personnel. In addition, we offer a robust section of Frequently Asked Questions on 'Who issues a security clearance' to 'How does the CAF determine if an individual can be granted eligibility for access to classified information and/or assignment to duties that have been designated national security sensitive' located at https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/dod_caf/FAQs/ We also have a variety of Adjudications communication products to include DCSA Adjudications Services, Reciprocity Guide and Program one pagers, and fact sheets covering Mental Health and Security Clearances. These informational documents are for your convenience and can easily be downloaded and printed at https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/dod_caf/resources

March 17, 2022

Transitioning industry hierarchy data from DISS to NBIS

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) will begin to transition Industry hierarchy data from the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) to the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) system on April 1, 2022. As part of this data migration, DCSA will move information from the National Industrial Security System (NISS)—the authoritative source for facility clearances, and DISS—the personnel security system of record and source of hierarchy used to manage personnel security programs. To prepare the NBIS data transition, DCSA recommends Industry partners who hold facility clearances to review DISS Security Management Offices (SMO), and determine if SMOs need consolidation into one SMO per CAGE code, to align with the cleared facility in NISS by March 31, 2022. For more information and tips on how to prepare, please visit the Industry Onboarding (https://www.dcsa.mil/is/nbis/onboarding/ind_onboarding/) website to review the DISS TO NBIS Industry Hierarchy Preparation Guidance.

March 4, 2022

DCSA oversight of NISPOM Rule’s SEAD 3 requirements began March 1

Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DSCA) Industrial Security Representatives (ISRs) began incorporating the assessment of compliance with Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 3 reporting requirements into scheduled security reviews, DCSA announced on March 1.

Feb. 8, 2022

New CUI resources available

The DCSA CUI Program Office has posted several new resources to support Industry in developing its CUI programs. These products include a Roadmap to Compliance, SPP template, sample training presentation, self-inspection tool, and more. These resources, details about DCSA's CUI implementation, and more useful information can be found at: https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/ctp/cui/.

Jan. 18, 2022

Industry enrollment in Continuous Vetting

The Vetting Risk Operations continues to lead the effort to ensure the Industry national security population is enrolled in a compliant Continuous Vetting (CV) program. Click title for more information.

Jan. 3, 2022

DCSA announces new Deputy Director

Today, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) announced the selection of Daniel J. Lecce as Deputy Director effective January 18, 2022. As Deputy Director, Mr. Lecce will be the principal advisor to the Director. He will assist in shaping policies, managing resources, and leading operational activities to accomplish the Agency’s mission. Mr. Lecce is a tested executive with significant experience leading large and complex organizations. He has experience driving strategic change and posturing organizations to achieve goals and meet future demands. He is a leader who also brings extensive experience managing personnel, budgets, and information technology requirements, top priorities for DCSA. Mr. Lecce is a retired Marine Corps Major General with decades of leadership experience in a variety of roles. Most recently he served as staff judge advocate and senior legal advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. In this role, he provided legal advice to the Commandant and key staff on strategic issues that are relevant to DCSA’s mission: cyber law, intelligence-operations law and intelligence oversight. His proven record and demonstrated leadership skills make him ideally suited to help lead DCSA’s transformation into the future. Mr. Lecce was selected after an extensive process that included a call for nominations from across the security enterprise and intelligence community, throughout DOD, across all interagency partners, and the entire defense industrial base.

Dec. 22, 2021

New NISP eMASS System Security Plan Submission Instructions

The customized workflows within the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) instance of the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) have Industry primarily conducting actions in the Control Approval Chain (CAC) and owning a very limited role in the Package Approval Chain (PAC) for Assessment and Authorization (A&A) actions. In order to maximize Industry’s visibility into the A&A process, the NISP eMASS PAC workflows are being modified. Click title for more information

Nov. 12, 2021

Use of Conditional National Security Eligibility Determinations for military, DOD civilian personnel

In November 2021, DCSA Adjudications resumed the use of Conditional National Security Eligibility Determinations for qualifying cases. “Conditionals” provide increased mission resiliency to our customers by diverting national security cases with minor unmitigated disqualifying information from due process into an automated monitoring solution provided by the DCSA Vetting Risk Operations’ Continuous Vetting (CV) program. Leveraging the DCSA VRO CV program in this manner enables Adjudicators to monitor compliance with “conditions” specified to continue maintaining a security clearance. Additional information is available in the Fact Sheet located at https://www.dcsa.mil/mc/pv/dod_caf/resources/. Click the title for more information.

Oct. 1, 2021

National Center for Credibility Assessment transfers to DCSA

The Defense Intelligence Agency officially transferred operational control of the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) to DCSA on Oct. 1. The transfer of NCCA to DCSA marks two years to the day that the Defense Security Service (DSS), National Background Investigations Bureau and DOD Consolidated Adjudications Facility were consolidated into DCSA. It’s exactly one year since the National Background Investigation Services, legacy information technology systems from the Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Manpower Data Center joined DCSA. Although the smallest of the 2019, 2020 and this year’s transfers, with roughly 75 government and contractor employees, the move is no less significant, bringing a unique mission and capability to DCSA and the Training Directorate. As the government's premiere educational center for polygraph and other credibility assessment technologies and techniques, NCCA assists federal agencies in the protection of U.S. citizens, interests, infrastructure, and security by providing the best education and tools for credibility assessment. NCCA determines the standards related to polygraph initial and continuing education in addition to polygraph countermeasures education and research. The center audits federal polygraph programs to ensure that they are compliant with federal policy, practices and standards. Moreover, NCCA conducts continuous research and development of credibility assessment technologies, processes, and instrumentation in addition to supporting warfighter requirements for the employment of the Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System. The center also advises the directors of DIA, DCSA and National Intelligence as well as the under secretary of defense for intelligence and security on federal polygraph technical matters, policies and standards. We welcome NCAA staff and students to our DCSA team as we work as gatekeepers to ensure our national security is continually protected.

Oct. 1, 2021

DCSA enrolls all DOD clearance holders in CV

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) has successfully enrolled all DOD clearance holders in Continuous Vetting (CV). This brings the agency and the federal government one step closer to its Trusted Workforce (TW) 2.0 goal of providing CV for all U.S. security clearance holders. Find out more here. Click title for more information.