National Industrial Security System (NISS)

The National Industrial Security System (NISS) deployed on Oct. 1, 2018, replacing Industrial Security Facilities Database (ISFD) and Electronic Facilities Clearance System (e-FCL), and is the DCSA System of Record for industrial security oversight accessible by Industry, Government, and DCSA personnel.
NISS can be accessed through NCAISS here ( 
For information about registration, training, capabilities, and other details please review the sections below.
If you have any problems with the system usage, please contact the Knowledge Center at: 888-282-7682, options 2 and then 2.


NISS 2.5 Incorporates Changes to Reporting Change Conditions

NISS 2.5 Release updates went into effect on April 12, 2021, and makes several significant changes to aspects of reporting change conditions. There is a new Facility Clearance Change Condition Package with clarifying questions, layout, and instructions. There are also enhancements to submitting, returning, and archiving packages, with a new ability to “Claim Ownership” of returning packages. Find out more in this Fact Sheet .



NISS is DCSA’s information system architecture and replaced the Industrial Security Facilities Database (ISFD) and Electronic Facilities Clearance System (e-FCL) capabilities. NISS is an on-demand, data-driven environment with automated workflows accessible to Industry and Government partners.

NISS was developed and released in increments, allowing users to experience benefits quickly. In addition to replacing and expanding upon capabilities of legacy systems, ISFD and e-FCL, it has provided expanded access and transparency to security professionals’ facility information.

NISS solution has been developed in-line with Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO) requirements to maximize value while minimizing costs. DCSA conducted Business Process Reengineering (BPR) of 22 core DCSA functions to create streamlined and efficient workflows. The BPR efforts engaged over 300 DCSA, Industry, and Government stakeholders to generate true system requirements tied to optimized business processes.

NISS is a top DCSA priority and has modernized the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Information Environment to provide the USG and Industry stakeholders with a data-driven, collaborative, integrated capability to assess and mitigate risk.

NISS requires two factor authentication by using a CAC/PKI/ECA, etc. to log on.

Registration is two-fold:

1.  First, users will obtain an National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Central Access Information Security System (NCAISS)account. For information about registering for an NCAISS account, click here.

2.  Second, users will obtain a NISS account through the NCAISS system. Once the user logs in to NCAISS, the user can request a NISS account using the “Request/Modify Access” icon.

  Instructions on how to register for a NISS account can be viewed here:

  • DCSA: See Instructions on the DCSA NISS Intranet Page
  • For instructions on how to update your name or email address associated with your NCAISS account, click here to access the instruction guide.


The following user roles will be available for External users. An external user can request multiple roles, if required for their job duties.

Facility Clearance Verifiers

  • Facility Clearance Verifier – Government Contracting Activity (GCA)
  • Facility Clearance Verifier – Other Government Activity (OGA)
  • Facility Clearance Verifier – Industry

Facility Clearance Sponsors

  • Sponsor – Government Contracting Activity (GCA)
  • Sponsor – Industry

Industry Security Staff

  • Corporate Security Officer
  • Facility Security Officer (FSO)
  • Assistant Facility Security Officer (AFSO)
  • Other Security Staff

Key Management Personnel (KMP)


  • Increased transparency for Industry and Government stakeholders
  • Ability for stakeholders to review facility clearance information, requests, communications, and results with DCSA in one location
  • Expedited performance against classified contracts
  • Streamlined business processes, including facility clearance (FCL) processing
  • Enhanced FOCI mitigation processing
  • Improved processing of information system approvals
  • Automatic notifications and alerts
  • Upcoming security vulnerability assessments (SVA) alerts, reminders for outstanding submissions to DCSA
  • Dashboard feature
  • Ability to monitor and track tasks and view real time facility data
  • History of facility security information
  • Ability to review company’s results, documentation, and interactions with DCSA
  • Utilizes Single Sign-On (SSO) Capabilities (NCAISS)
  • Reporting features and capabilities
  • Role based access to information

The National Industrial Security System (NISS) External User Training is now available in STEPP!  Log into STEPP to view this course.

Training job aids are available for Industry and Government users within the NISS application’s Knowledge Base. Examples include: How to Submit a Sponsorship Request, How to Submit a Facility Verification Request, How to Message my ISR, and Facility Profile Update Request. Please note, this is not an all-encompassing list of training products.

The Knowledge Base located within the NISS application is a searchable tool that includes, but is not limited to: job aids, training videos, and the Voice of Industry newsletters.