Knowledge Center closure
April 19, 2019 -

The DSS Knowledge Center, Personnel Security (PCL) inquiries (option #2), to include e-QIP authentication resets will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019. Normal business hours resume Monday, April 22, 2019.

Implementation of Section 842 of the NDAA
April 17, 2019 -

On April 10, 2019, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I))directed DSS to accelerate the implementation of Section 842 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. Section 842 of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2019 allows the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), to waive the National Interest Determination (NID) requirement for a U.S. company operating under a special security agreement (SSA) if the company has:

    1. an "ultimate parent" located in a country that is part of the National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB), as defined in section 2500 of Title 10, U.S. Code (Canada, Australia, or the United Kingdom);
    2. previously been approved for access to proscribed information; and
    3. a "demonstrated successful record of compliance" with the National Industrial Security Program.
DSS has identified the legal entities that appear to meet the preliminary requirements of that statute and is in the process of reviewing those companies for a demonstrated successful record of compliance with the National Industrial Security Program. Within 30 days, DSS will provide USD(I) with recommendations for waivers of the requirement to obtain a NID prior to accessing proscribed information under the control and authority of the Secretary, which is limited to Special Access Program Information, Top Secret Information and, with the approval of the Director, National Security Agency, communications security information.

NISP Enterprise Wide Area Network Job Aid now available
April 16, 2019 -

The NISP Authorization Office (NAO) has created a job aid for cleared industry partners interested in pursuing an authorized NISP Enterprise Wide Area Network (eWAN) for their organization. The job aid outlines the requirements for participation in the eWAN program, and provides guidance toward successful creation of an eWAN proposal, System Security Plan (SSP), and test and authorization planning. The job aid can be found on the NAO Risk Management Framework Site (https://www.dss.mil/ma/ctp/io/nao/rmf/) under "Resources.

DSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.0
April 8, 2019 -

The NISP Authorization Office (NAO) released theDSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.0. The updated version is posted on the NAO Risk Management Framework site(https://www.dss.mil/ma/ctp/io/nao/rmf/) under "Policy and Guidance". DAAPM Version 2.0 becomes effective on May 6, 2019, and supersedes all previous versions of the DAAPM and ODAA Process Manuals. If you have questions or concerns, contact your assigned Information Systems Security Professional (ISSP). If you have specific questions about the format, content, or want to provide general comments, send those to dss.quantico.dss hq.mbx.odaa@mail.mil

PSI requirements for Industry data collection through NISS has been extended
April 5, 2019 -

The Defense Security Service (DSS) is responsible for projecting Personnel Security Investigations (PSI) requirements each year. The data collection for PSI projection requirements is open and has been extended until April 19, 2019, through the National Industrial Security System (NISS) Submission Site. Annual projections acquired from Industry through this collection are the key component in DoD program planning and budgeting for NISP security clearances.

Our Industry partners are highly encouraged to register for their NISS accounts in order to participate in the collection. Registration instructions are found on the NISS website under the Registration section (https://www.dss.mil/is/niss/).

We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact: dss.ncr.dss.mbx.psiprogram@mail.mil.

If you have any problems with the system usage, please contact the Knowledge Center at: 888-282-7682, options 1 and then 2.

Most Requested Links