January 20, 2017
Personnel Security (PCL) inquiries (option #2) to include e-QIP authentication resets of the DSS Knowledge Center will be closed on Friday, January 27, 2017, for internal training to deliver the highest quality customer service to Industry and Government callers. Normal Knowledge Center operations for PCL and e-QIP inquiries will resume on Monday, January 30, 2017. Reminder, the PCL portion of the DSS Knowledge Center typically closes on the last Friday each month.
January 13, 2017
Regarding Renewal and Revisions of "Department of Defense Security Agreement (DD Form 441)", and "Appendage to Department of Defense Security Agreement (DD Form 441-1)"
The following forms supporting the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), the DD Form 441, and DD Form 441-1, were revised and have an issuance date of January 2017, under Office of Management and Budget Approval number 0704-0194. (more) OMB approval for blank forms will expire on September 30, 2019 unless renewed prior to that date. Previous blank forms are obsolete. Revisions to the forms include the removal of the prior requirement for a corporate seal. A witness to the contractor representative signing the DD Form 441 is required. A witness is not required for the DD Form 441-1. The government representative signing the DD Form 441 may not act as the witness. Forms may be obtained through the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) website: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/forms/dd/ddforms0001-0499.htm, and on the DSS Facility Clearance Branch website: http://www.dss.mil/isp/fac_clear/fac_clear_check.html. Existing records of DSS and contractors must be updated as changed conditions affecting the DD Form 441 and DD Form 441-1 occur.
January 6, 2017
Notice of six-year submission window for contractor periodic reinvestigations
Effective immediately, DSS will submit Tier 5 Periodic Reinvestigations (PRs) for industry personnel six years after the date of the previous investigation rather than at the five-year mark to the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) of the Office of Personnel Management. This change in periodicity will be reevaluated prior to December 31, 2017. Additional information for Facility Security Officers on when and how to submit Tier 5 PRs at the six-year mark will be provided at a later date. Therefore, we are asking that industry no longer submit Tier 5 PRs unless directed by DSS. This change in Tier 5 PR submission periodicity will keep the Tier 5 PR investigations within the current seven year reciprocity guidelines, will continue reducing the backlog of personnel security investigations and will enable DSS to prioritize initial investigations and improve timeliness for interim determinations. (more) Exceptions will be made for those Tier 5 PRs required for Special Access Programs (SAP) as determined by the Government Contracting Activity (GCA). To identify new submissions under this caveat please include following:
· Applicant requires PR processing due to their involvement in a designated caveat program.
· *contact information for GCA*
In addition, T5 PRs currently residing with DSS will only be processed if the above exception is met. To identify those T5 PR exceptions for investigation requests currently with DSS, please submit an RRU (Recertify) with the following information:
· Applicant requires PR processing due to their involvement in a designated caveat program
· *contact information for FSO*
· *contact information for GCA*
As a reminder, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence signed a memorandum on Dec. 7, 2016, reminding DoD Components that personnel security clearances do not expire. Individuals with current eligibility in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System should not be denied access based on an out-of-scope investigation. When the system of record shows current adverse information, but eligibility is still valid, access may continue. The memorandum is provided here for ease of reference.
|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.