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.
September 8, 2016
REMINDER about upcoming electronic fingerprint deadline
Effective October 1, 2016, all fingerprints associated with SON 346W must be submitted electronically to the Office of Personnel Management, or the fingerprint will be rejected. This will also result in the rejection of any investigation requests if an electronic fingerprint is not received within 14 days of the investigation request being received by OPM. Click here to view the electronic fingerprint capture options for Industry.
September 8, 2016
Tier 5 Implementation of Federal Investigative Standards
In December 2012, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) jointly issued revised federal investigative standards on the conduct of background investigations for individuals that work for, or on behalf of, the federal government in order to bring consistency to investigative quality expectations. Effective Oct. 1, 2016, the Tier 5 investigation is being implemented as part of the phased approach for implementation of the federal investigative standards. As a result, the Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) is being replaced with the Tier 5 investigation when Top Secret and SCI access to classified information are required.(more)
Effective Oct. 1, 2016, users may notice the Tier 5 investigations versus SSBI when reviewing investigative information in JPAS; for example, an investigation line may appear as "T5 From OPM, Case #: 16000000 RECEIVED, Closing Action: , Seriousness: , File Available: N" vice "SSBI From OPM, Case #: 16000000 RECEIVED, Closing Action: , Seriousness: , File Available: N". Periodic Reinvestigation will be designated as "T5R" to represent Tier 5 Reinvestigation, substituting SBPR.
September 7, 2016
DIA Update: On Feb. 10, 2016, the Deputy Secretary of Defense (DEPSECDEF) signed an Action Memo that directed the transfer of the DoD SCI adjudicative mission from the Defense Intelligence Agency Central Adjudication Facility to the DoD Consolidated Adjudication Facility. The agreed IOC date for this transfer was July 1, 2016. For more information about this transfer please submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other inquiries email DIActrAdjudications@dodiis.mil. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding DIA conducting SCI determinations can be found here
September 1, 2016
NISPOM Change 2, Insider Threat Workshops
To further support the implementation of NISPOM Change 2, Insider Threat Program requirements, DSS will present a series of online workshops to continue discussions regarding program implementation and to provide information on NISPOM Change 2, Insider Threat Program requirements. For more information on the workshops, go to the DSS Industry Insider Threat Information and Resources webpage at http://www.dss.mil/it/index.html.
Commencing on September 20, 2016, DSS will present a series of online workshops to continue discussions and further support industry in their implementation of NISPOM Change 2, Insider Threat Program requirements. During the workshops, DSS will answer questions and discuss establishment and maintenance of contractor Insider Threat Program requirements.
Please join us for the first workshop which will be conducted via Adobe Connect on September 20, 2016. Additional workshops will run through November 15, 2016. To register for the workshop, go to https://dss.adobeconnect.com/iits1/event/registration.html
Feel free to contact email@example.com, with any registration difficulties!
The workshops will be held on Tuesday’s from 1 - 2:30 p.m. The dates are as follows:
Sept. 20, 2016
Sept. 27, 2016
Oct. 4, 2016
Oct. 11, 2016
Oct. 25, 2016
Nov. 1, 2016
Nov. 8, 2016
Nov. 15, 2016
September 1, 2016
Access the recent Interim Determination Process webinar slides and audio recording here.
August 25, 2016
DSS Authorization and Assessment Process Manual (DAAPM) Released
August 12, 2016
"Targeting U.S. Technologies: A Trend Analysis of Cleared Industry Reporting" is available online.
The DSS Counterintelligence Directorate announces the release of the 2016 edition of the unclassified publication, "Targeting U.S. Technologies: A Trend Analysis of Cleared Industry Reporting." This report analyzes suspicious contact reports received from cleared industry in fiscal year 2015. It is currently available online. Hardcopy editions will be available in September from your servicing Industrial Security Representative or Counterintelligence Special Agent.
|09/28/16||ATTENTION ALL DSS USERS: On Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, the e-FCL will be deploying version 9.0, at 3 p.m. EDT, during which the system will be unavailable. Expected system downtime is two hours.
|09/15/16||ATTENTION STEPP USERS: The exam portion of the STEPP system has been restored. DSS OCIO will perform additional emergency maintenance after 8PM Eastern tonight.
|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 .|
|04/13/16||ATTENTION NCAISS USERS: DSS is currently experiencing server latency with our NCAISS system; we are working to resolve the issue but do not have a time frame for completion. Multiple systems are impacted due to the NCAISS latency issues to include ISFD, OBMS, and STEPP.|
|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.