April 24, 2017 DISS deployment update for Industry
The Defense Information System for Security (DISS), once fully deployed, will replace the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) to serve as the system of record to perform comprehensive personnel security, suitability and credential eligibility management for all military, civilian, and DOD contractor personnel. DISS provides secure communications between adjudicators, security officers and component adjudicators in support of eligibility and access management. (more)
DISS will deploy in a phased approach, with Phase 1 (DISS 1.0) being rolled out to users incrementally. The deployment date for Industry has shifted from 3rd Quarter FY17 to a date yet to be determined. In the meantime, DSS continues to work with Industry to review DISS capabilities and identify requirements. The DISS website is available and has the most up-to-date information.
April 24, 2017 Knowledge Center closed April 28, 2017
Personnel Security (PCL) inquiries (option #2) to include e-QIP authentication resets of the DSS Knowledge Center will be closed on Friday, April 28, 2017, for the purpose of conducting internal training to deliver the highest quality customer service to Industry and Government callers. Normal operations for PCL and e-QIP inquiries will resume on Monday, May 1, 2017. Reminder, the PCL portion of the DSS Knowledge Center typically closes on the last Friday each month.
April 11, 2017 DSS to deploy the annual NISP Cost Collection Survey April 13-27
As the Executive Agency for the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) under Executive Order 12829, the DoD is required to provide the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) with an estimated annual cost to Industry of complying with NISP security requirements. We determine the costs by surveying contractors who possess classified information at their cleared facility. Results are forwarded to ISOO and incorporated in an annual report to the President.(more)
To meet this requirement, DSS conducts a stratified random sample survey of contractor facilities using a web-based survey and Office of Management and Budget (OMB)-approved survey methodology. Since the sample of cleared facility participants is randomly selected, not all facilities will receive the survey. The survey will be fielded on April 13, 2017 and remain open through COB April 27, 2017. Participation is anonymous. The survey invitation will contain a survey.foreseeresults.com survey link. Verification of the legitimacy of the Survey URL can be obtained through your Cognizant Security Office. If you have any questions, please direct them to our mailbox: email@example.com.
We appreciate your cooperation and submission of the cost information by April 27, 2017.
April 10, 2017 DSS is an agency in transition
The world is rapidly changing and DSS is changing too. Where the agency once concentrated on schedule-driven National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) compliance, DSS is now moving to an intelligence-led, asset-focused, and threat-driven approach to industrial security oversight.(more)
The need for change is clear. The United States is now facing the most significant foreign intelligence threat it has ever encountered. Adversaries are successfully attacking cleared industry at an unprecedented rate. They are using multiple avenues of attack, varying their methods, and adjusting their priorities based on the targeted information they need. As a result, they are upgrading their military capabilities and competing against our economy using the very same information they stole from cleared industry.
DSS has recognized this fact and is now moving forward in partnership with industry to design, develop, and pilot a multidimensional approach to industrial security oversight. Our goal is to help cleared industry ensure that contracted capabilities, technologies, and services are delivered uncompromised.
To learn more about this new approach, please review the DSS in Transition: Industry Information Sheet, PowerPoint Presentation, and Infographic.
April 7, 2017 Update on Industry T5R Expirations and Rejections
PSMO-I is currently managing the investigation request inventory in order to stay within our budget authority, with priority being given to requests for initial clearances. This may result in Tier 5 Reinvestigations either terminating from the system or being rejected if a Special Access Program (SAP) Caveat is not identified as described in the February 10, 2017 guidance available on the DSS website. (more)
Please note: a SAP Caveat applies only where DoD Policy explicitly states an investigation must be conducted at five year intervals for personnel within a certain program. The SAP Caveat does not apply to every person on a SAP, but only specific programs designated by DoD, in writing. At this time, please do not submit/resubmit for Top Secret reinvestigation unless the requisite SAP Caveat criteria is met and clearly identified. PSMO-I will provide additional guidance on submission of requests for Non-SAP Caveat Tier 5 Reinvestigations through public communications and system of record messaging. To facilitate the change in periodicity of Top Secret Reinvestigations and clearance timeliness issues, on December 7, 2016, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence signed a memorandum reminding DoD Components that personnel security clearances do not expire. Individuals with current eligibility in JPAS should not be denied access based on an out-of-scope investigation. This memorandum is available on the DSS website and was disseminated to non-DoD NISP signatories on March 28, 2017.
April 5, 2017 Revision of Standard Form (SF) 328, Certificate Pertaining to Foreign Interests
The SF 328, "Certificate Pertaining to Foreign Interests," supporting the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) was revised and has a new issuance date of March 2017, under Office of Management and Budget Control Number 0704-0194.(more)
OMB approval for the SF 328 will expire on Sept. 30, 2019, unless the form is renewed prior to that date. Previous blank forms are obsolete. Revisions to the form include the removal of the prior requirement for application of a corporate seal. A single witness to the contractor representative signing the SF 328 is required. The government representative accepting the SF 328 may not act as the witness. Forms may be obtained through the General Services Administration website, or the DSS Checklist for New Facility Security Clearances. Existing records of DSS and contractors must be updated as changed conditions affecting the SF 328 occur.
March 30, 2017
e-FCL NISP PSI Data Collection
The Defense Security Service (DSS) data collection of National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Personnel Security Investigation Projections is ending April 7, 2017, and can be accessed through the Electronic Facility Clearance (e-FCL) system.(more)
DSS is responsible for projecting Personnel Security Investigations (PSI) requirements each year. Annual projections acquired from Industry through this collection are the key component in Department of Defense program planning and budgeting for NISP security clearances.
Please note that submitting the PSI projections is independent of e-FCL package submissions; submitting information related to the facility clearance is not required as part of the PSI data collection.
A 12-minute tutorial video can be found here, under "Alerts", to assist in completing the PSI projections. For the best viewing of this video, hover your cursor over the link on the webpage, right-click and "save target as ...", so that you're saving the video to your computer. It can be viewed using Windows Media Player, QuickTime, and VLC Player.
We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact the PSI team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 21, 2017 COMMON PERSONNEL CLEARANCE (PCL) KNOWLEDGE CENTER INQUIRIES
Due to an exceptionally high volume of calls, Knowledge Center PCL calls may experience longer than normal wait times. The most common inquiries received and the answers to those questions are provided here. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.
March 2, 2017
NAO discontinues emailing authorization decision status updates
Effective immediately, the NISP Authorization Office (NAO) will discontinue sending emails to contractors for authorization decision updates. Industry is reminded to check OBMS for status updates and copies of the authorization decision supporting artifacts.
|04/06/17||ATTENTION e-FCL USERS: April 7, 2017, at 3 p.m. EST, the Electronic Facility Clearance System (e-FCL) will undergo an upgrade. During this
upgrade, the System will be unavailable for approximately 1.5 hours.
For questions, please email email@example.com.
|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.