The Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS) administers the NISP (established by EO 12829) on behalf of the Secretary of Defense and user agencies. In conjunction with these responsibilities, DSS is responsible for assessing and monitoring the contractors, licensees, and grantees that require access to classified information. DSS Industrial Security personnel provide oversight and assistance to cleared contractor facilities and assist management and Facility Security Officers in ensuring the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information. DSS also facilitates classified shipments between the United States and foreign countries and implements foreign ownership, control and influence countermeasures.
The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) is located in Linthicum, Md., and provides security education and training to DoD security professionals through formal classroom and distributed learning methodologies (i.e., computer-based, web-based and tele-training).
DSS authorized 990 personnel and a FY19 budget $783 million.
Visit the Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC) page.