Facility Clearance Branch (FCB)

**Important Update (09/12/17)**

As part of National Industrial Security System (NISS) transition, the Industrial Security Facilities Database (ISFD) and Electronic Facility Clearance system (e-FCL) will be shut down on October 14, 2017, and will be replaced by NISS on October 30, 2017.

During the ISFD and e-FCL systems downtime, the DSS Facility Clearance Branch will be unable to process facility clearances and thus will not accept new sponsorship packages. Sponsors are encouraged to continue to gather the required information for a sponsorship, as outlined in the links below, in order to submit their sponsorship request in NISS on October 30, 2017.

Additionally, until FCB activities are migrated from legacy manual processes to the automated NISS process, the FCB is predicting additional delays in processing all requests for facility clearances.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. DSS expects significant enhancements to the facility clearance process and timelines moving forward with the automated solution.

If you have any questions or concerns related to NISS please review information and points of contact here. For all other FCL related questions please contact the DSS Knowledge Center at 1-888-282-7682 and select (Option 3), facility clearance inquiries, or email dss.fcb.knowledgecenter@mail.mil.

The Defense Security Service (DSS) Facility Clearance Branch (FCB) processes contractors for Facility Clearances (FCLs), issues FCLs, and monitors contractorsí continued eligibility in the NISP. Please submit all FCL requests to DSS.FCB@mail.mil.

Incomplete and inaccurate sponsorship packages will be rejected, which will create delays for obtaining the facility clearance. Please carefully read and follow ALL instructions to ensure your facility clearance request is processed as timely as possible. For all FCL-related questions, or status updates on your submission, contact the DSS Knowledge Center at 888-282-7682 and select option #3.

This site provides answers to frequently asked questions cleared contractors, U.S. Government Contracting Agencies, and U.S. Prime Contractors have regarding the FCL process. Reviewing this information will help you avoid many of the common errors that delay FCL packages.