Facility Clearance Branch (FCB)

**Important Update (09/05/18)**

Starting in October 2018 FCL sponsorship requests will be submitted using the National Industrial Security System (NISS). NISS will be live for Industry and Government partners on October 8, 2018. After this date, FCL sponsorship requests will not be accepted via email. For detailed guidance regarding the transition to NISS, please click here. DSS expects significant enhancements to the facility clearance process and timelines moving forward with the automated solution. Due to a system migration, FCB will not accept any new facility clearance requests from September 14 until NISS deploys on October 8. It is recommended that you review your sponsorship package to ensure completeness and accuracy and submit the package in NISS on or after October 8. In order to obtain a NISS account (beginning October 8), you must first establish an NCAISS account (http://www.dss.mil/is/ncaiss.html). You may register for your NCAISS account now, but you will not be able to register for your NISS account until October 8. 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 FCB Knowledge Center at 1-888-282-7682 and select (Option 3) 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.