National Industrial Security System (NISS)

Deployment Schedule

Update March 5, 2018:

*NISS has deployed in a TEST Soft Launch state. ISFD and e-FCL remain the systems of record until further notice.
*DSS plans to announce the full cutover date in Spring 2018 to establish when NISS will become the official system of record. The user community will be given at least 30 days notice prior to the full transition to NISS.
*Update regarding Account Registration/Access Issues:

  1. If you are unable to submit your NISS account request and receive the message, “An error occurred while determining the approver for the CAGE Code specified,” please send your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, CAGE CODE, and SPECIFIC ERROR to While this issue has been resolved for many CAGE codes, there are still some CAGE codes affected by this system bug that the team is actively working to bring to resolution. We will notify the user base, including affected users, when this system bug has been resolved. **Be as specific as possible when reporting your issue. Please include screen shots of any error messages.**
  2. If your account was approved but you still cannot log into NISS (either the NISS link does not appear or the NISS application does not load properly), please send your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, CAGE CODE, and SPECIFIC ERROR to **Be as specific as possible when reporting your issue. Please include screen shots of any error messages.**

*The National Industrial Security System (NISS) External User Training Course (Course ID: IS127.16) is available in STEPP! Log into STEPP to view this course.



User Roles for External Users

The following user roles will be available for External users. An external user can request multiple roles, if required for their job duties.


NISS is DSS’ future information system architecture and will replace Industrial Security Facilities Database (ISFD) and Electronic Facilities Clearance System (e-FCL) capabilities to develop an on-demand, data-driven environment with automated workflows accessible to Industry and Government partners.

NISS is being developed and released in increments, allowing users to experience benefits quickly. The initial increment of NISS will replace and expand upon capabilities of two legacy systems, ISFD and e-FCL, and automate the Initial Facility Clearance process. This increment will also provide expanded access and transparency to security professionals’ facility information. Increment 1 will be followed by additional enhancements to the system’s functionality and integration, ultimately automating many core DSS and Industry security functions.

NISS solution has been developed in-line with Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO) requirements to maximize value while minimizing costs. DSS conducted Business Process Reengineering (BPR) of 22 core DSS functions to create streamlined and efficient workflows. The BPR efforts engaged over 300 DSS, Industry, and Government stakeholders to generate true system requirements tied to optimized business processes.

NISS is a top DSS priority and will modernize the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Information Environment and provide the USG and Industry stakeholders with a data-driven, collaborative, integrated capability to assess and mitigate risk.

NISS Benefits

Additional Information


September 12, 2017
Update to the deployment schedule posted.

August 21, 2017
Update to the soft launch deployment schedule posted.

July 25, 2017
Information on this page was updated. The Schedule section was added.

May 24, 2017 Page Updated
Information on this page was updated.

May 9, 2017 Change in URLs for Information Systems
In an effort to avoid confusion when the Defense Information System for Security goes live later this year, the URLs for the information systems linked from the dropdown menu of the DSS main page were recently updated. If you bookmarked a URL for an information system, please update it accordingly.

September 1, 2016 Initial Update
The development of NISS is underway! Increment 1, which consists of replacing the Industrial Security Facilities Database (ISFD), the Electronic Facility Clearance System (e-FCL), and enhancing the Facility Clearance (FCL) process, is scheduled to deploy in Q4 FY2017. A robust testing period including DSS, Government, and Industry personnel will begin in June 2017. We will update this website if there are any changes to the schedule.

Additional functionality to include enhancing the Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) process, submitting Suspicious Contact Reports, requesting Safeguarding approvals, and mobile capabilities will be deployed in future increments.