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In May 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) made the decision to consolidate all of the various component central adjudications facilities into one in order to streamline processes, improve efficiency, and standardize the adjudicative process across the spectrum to develop a level of trust when applying reciprocity.

The 2012 Deputy Secretary of Defense (DSD) decision memo directed the consolidation of the CAFs into a single organization.

Recognizing the potential to capture efficiencies, a DoD-wide effort was undertaken to consolidate the CAFs to the extent practicable.

After much deliberation and in concurrence with the Components, the non-intelligence CAFs (Army, Navy, Air Force, Joint Staff, Washington Headquarters Services, Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office, and the adjudicative functions of the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) were consolidated, thereby creating the new DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF).

  • January 2013 — The last of the seven CAFs migrated to the DoD CAF, completing consolidation.
  • February 2013 — Appointment of the 1st Director, DoD CAF.
  • October 2013 — Successfully assumed Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12)/Suitability mission.
  • July 2016 — Assumed mission of rendering TS/SCI eligibility determinations for the Fourth Estate.
  • Jan 2017 — Assumed mission of rendering personnel security determinations for the staff of the Supreme Court.
  • February 2019 — Entered into the agreement with the Administrative Office of the U.S Courts (AOUSC)
  • October 2019 — Transferred from being a subordinate element of the WHS to the newly established Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.

In January 2019, the Secretary of Defense placed the DoD CAF, select functions of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) under the authority, direction, and control of DCSA. The DoD CAF transfer was completed on October 1, 2019, while the others were directed to be completed by October 1, 2020.