October 20, 2016
DSS Provides Update on Industry Insider Threat Program Implementation
On May 18, 2016, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence issued NISPOM Change 2. NISPOM Change 2 requires cleared contractors to establish and implement insider threat programs that are consistent with E.O. 13587 and the National Insider Threat Policy and Minimum Standards for Executive Branch Insider Threat Programs. (more)
During the past several months DSS and industry have partnered to communicate requirements, address challenges, and pave the way for implementation success. As part of the NISPOM Change 2 requirements, cleared contractors are required to appoint an Insider Threat Program Senior Official (ITPSO) and develop and certify their written insider threat program plans. Click here for more details.
October 18, 2016
Partnership with the Department of Commerce -- Defense Industrial Base Assessment Critical Facility Survey
DSS is partnering with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE), to conduct a survey and assessment of organizations responsible for the research, development, manufacture, test, and integration of defense and high-technology products, components, and related services. (more)
This effort will assist DSS in its mission to provide security oversight and education on behalf of the DOD and other U.S. Government departments and agencies. The data will also provide a baseline understanding of the structure and interdependencies of organizations that participate in DOD acquisition programs and their associated supply chains. The first surveys were sent to industry in November 2015, with the goal of surveying every NISP facility over the next two years. To date, approximately half of all NISP facilities have received and responded to the survey. Surveys are being mailed and emailed to the Facility Security Officer's attention. A word on email -- If your company uses a spam filter, please enter CriticalFacility@bis.doc.gov as a trusted email to avoid issues with receiving the survey email. BIS has created a survey website that provides information, FAQs and guidance about the survey, https://respond.census.gov/criticalfacility. Additional questions can be directed to CriticalFacility@bis.doc.gov (preferred) or (202) 482-7808. DSS CI POC is Jeffrey Spinnanger, email@example.com.
October 12, 2016
The DSS Resident Office in Charleston, S.C. is now fully operational and open for business.
October 7, 2016
Retirement of CDSE JPAS/JCAVS Virtual Training for Security Professionals (PS123.16) course
On Nov. 1, 2016, CDSE will no longer offer the JPAS/JCAVS Virtual Training for Security Professionals course. As a result, students will not be able to register for, access, or complete the course and exam after Oct. 31, 2016.(more)
Alternate CDSE JPAS training courses are listed below:
JCAVS User Levels 7 & 8 (PS181.16)
JCAVS User Level 10 (PS182.16)
JCAVS User Levels 2 thru 6 (PS183.16)
Please visit DMDC's JPAS webpage (click on account manager policy) for information regarding DMDC JPAS account training requirements after Oct. 31, 2016. https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/psawebdocs/docPage.jsp?p=JPAS
October 6, 2016
REMINDER on Identifying Government Customer on Investigations for Personnel Clearances
The Defense Security Service (DSS) requests assistance in assuring that all of your requests for personnel security investigations (PSIs) in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) identify the government customer in the contract number field when requesting PCLs. Accurate data entry of the source of the investigative requirement for a clearance is essential to effectively manage and validate industry's PSI submissions with the government customers. We have provided guidance here for your ease of reference and implementation.
September 29, 2016
Establishment of the National Background Investigations Bureau
On October 1, the new National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), within the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), will be absorbing the existing mission, functions, and personnel of OPM's Federal Investigative Services (FIS) and will begin to implement a number of changes designed to transform the background investigations process. Charles S. Phalen, Jr., former director of Security for the Central Intelligence Agency, will serve as the first director of the NBIB. Mr. Phalen's biography can be found here.
The NBIB will feature a new organizational structure that institutionalizes strategic stakeholder engagement, an agile acquisition strategy, an enhanced focus on national security, dedicated mission support functions, and the use of innovative, data-driven methods to make improvements in processes. While NBIB will report to the OPM Director, unlike the previous structure, DOD will assume responsibility for the design, development, security, and operation of the background investigations IT systems for the new entity. This approach will leverage DOD’s significant national security, IT, and cybersecurity expertise. NBIB will be headquartered in Washington D.C., which will allow for enhanced coordination with its interagency partners, and NBIB will have a dedicated senior privacy official to advance privacy-by-design as the new entity is stood up and new IT systems are developed. A fact sheet on the NBIB can be found here.
September 29, 2016
Attention! DISS Portal (EX101.16) and DISS Hierarchy Management (EX100.16) shorts are now available on STEPP
Individuals must have or create a STEPP account in order to access these shorts. Once signed into STEPP, students can locate the shorts by entering "DISS" or the corresponding codes listed above into the STEPP Search function. For questions, contact CDSE.
September 29, 2016
DSS & NISP Partners Transition To Risk Management Framework
Effective October 3, 2016, all NISP partners and cleared industry will transition to Risk Management Framework. All expiring accreditations and requests of new accreditations for stand-alone systems must be submitted to DSS using RMF guidelines.(more)
The DSS RMF is promulgated in the DSS Assessments and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM). The DAAPM provides guidance, templates, security controls, System Security Plan (SSP) Templates and other artifacts necessary for the RMF transition and necessary to meeting mandated implementation timelines.
The DSS RMF Resource Center, located at www.dss.mil/rmf, provides implementation guidance and procedures for management of all facilities, networks and systems under DSS cognizance. Contact your regional Authorizing Official (AO) with questions.
September 28, 2016
Personnel security inquiries to include e-QIP (option #2) of the DSS Knowledge Center will be unavailable on Friday, September 30, 2016, but will resume normal business hours on Monday, October 3, 2016.
|06/01/16||ATTENTION ALL DSS application USERS: DSS will be implementing new application certificates on Thursday, 2 June 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET. All DSS applications will be getting new certificates to include NCAISS, ISFD, STEPP, and OBMS. Please contact the Knowledge Center for further assistance or questions (888) 282-7682 Press Option #1 .|
|02/18/16||ATTENTION ISFD USERS: On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, Defense Security Service will be placing Industrial Security Facilities Database (ISFD) access behind the NISP Central Access Information Security System (NCAISS) portal. Access to NCAISS, user guides and tutorials, Frequently Asked Questions, and points of contact can all be found here.|
|12/09/15||ATTENTION OBMS USERS: The auto-generation feature within OBMS for templates
is currently not working properly.(more)
Templates can be downloaded at http://www.dss.mil/isp/odaa/odaa_links.html#Downloads. Please complete the templates off-line and upload the completed documents within the "Supporting Document "section within OBMS for processing.