Facility Clearance Branch (FCB)

The Defense Security Service (DSS) Facility Clearance Branch (FCB) processes contractors for Facility Clearances (FCLs), issues FCLs, and monitors contractorsí continued eligibility in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). All FCL sponsorship requests will be submitted through the National Industrial Security System (NISS), the system of record for NISP. Please submit all FCL requests to NISS at http://www.dss.mil/is/ncaiss.html.

Incomplete and inaccurate facility sponsorship packages will be rejected, which will cause delays in obtaining the facility clearance. For all FCL-related questions, or status updates on your FCL sponsorship 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.