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May 20, 2019

FAQs about the deferment process

The Vetting Risk Operations Center provides frequently asked questions regarding the deferment process. View the FAQs at: https://www.dss.mil/Portals/69/documents/dvd/vroc/Deferment_FAQ.pdf.

May 10, 2019

DSS releases ISL 2019-02 to add Department of Veterans Affairs to NISP

DSS releases ISL 2019-02, updating the list of Federal agencies that have entered into an agreement with DoD for Industrial Security services. Click here to view ISL

May 8, 2019

Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC)

On August 1, 2019, the Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC) will no longer accept Research, Recertify, and Upgrade (RRU) requests in JPAS or Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)/SF-312s via fax, email, or mail. Those actions previously requested via RRU should be submitted as Customer Service Requests (CSRs) in the Defense Information System for Security (DISS); similarly, NDAs should be submitted for approval via DISS. For specific instructions on how to complete CSR/NDA actions, please reference the DISS user manual, which can be opened by clicking the Help link in the application. For additional assistance with how to complete some of the most common actions in DISS, please refer to DISS Tips and Tricks

In order to prepare your security management office for this transition, it is imperative that you obtain a DISS account prior to August 1, 2019; to obtain an account please carefully read and follow the DISS JVS Provisioning Instructions

May 6, 2019

The NISP Instance of the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support

The NISP instance of the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) is now the official system of record for Assessment and Authorization (A&A) actions.   In addition to completing all the NISP eMASS Account prerequisites (SAAR, Cyber Awareness Challenge Training, and eMASS Computer Based Training), Industry users must complete the New User Registration in the NISP eMASS instance:  https://emass-nisp.csd.disa.mil/. Once the New User Registration is complete, Industry user accounts can be activated.  The NISP eMASS Account and Access Procedures Job Aid is posted on the NISP eMASS Information and Resource Center: https://www.dss.mil/ma/ctp/io/nao/rmf/. Note:  DISA has identified an issue with New User Registration when accessing NISP eMASS via an ECA.  DISA is implementing a patch that will resolve this issue by May 10th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the NAO eMASS Mailbox at: dss.quantico.dss.mbx.emass@mail.mil

April 25, 2019

Executive Order directing transfer of investigative mission signed by President

Consistent with the Executive Order signed on April 24, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) will begin a phased transition of the investigations conducted by the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to DoD. This action will include the transfer of personnel and resources from NBIB to DSS, as authorized by the president of the United States. The transfer of NBIB's operations, personnel, and resources to DoD will commence not later than June 24, 2019 with the transfer completed by Oct. 1, 2019. DSS will be renamed the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and serve as the primary Federal entity for conducting background investigations for the Federal Government. DCSA will also serve as the primary Department of Defense component for the National Industrial Security Program and shall execute responsibilities relating to continuous vetting, insider threat programs, and any other responsibilities assigned to it by the Secretary of Defense. NBIB and DSS have and will continue to work in an integrated manner to minimize disruptions to existing missions while beginning the transfer process.

April 17, 2019

Implementation of Section 842 of the NDAA

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.



April 16, 2019

NISP Enterprise Wide Area Network Job Aid now available

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.

April 8, 2019

DSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.0

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


April 5, 2019

PSI requirements for Industry data collection through NISS has been extended

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.

March 28, 2019

Knowledge Center closure

The DSS Knowledge Center, Personnel Security (PCL) inquiries (option #2), to include e-QIP authentication resets will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019. Normal business hours will resume Monday, April 1, 2019.