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March 18, 2019

NISP eMASS update

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) is scheduled to be operational on May 6, 2019. Industry partners should continue to use the ODAA Business Management System (OBMS) until then. Work with your local Information Systems Security Professional and/or ISSP Team Lead to complete the required training to ensure readiness for the transition.

The NISP Authorization Office posted a job aid, https://www.dss.mil/Portals/69/documents/io/emass/NISP_EMASS_Training_Access_Procedures_Guide_1_14.pdf, that provides cleared industry security professionals with instructions on how to access the training and for DSS sponsorship instructions regarding External Certification Authority (ECA) Certificates and RMF Knowledge Service Sponsorship.

The following are the step-by-step procedures to request a NISP eMASS account and complete the training:

1. Complete DISA eMASS Computer Based Training (CBT)

2. Complete DISA Cyber Awareness Challenge (CAC) training

3. Complete DSS IO (pre-populated) System Authorization Access Request (SAAR) form

4. Submit the completed artifacts (DD 2875 SAAR, CAC certification, and eMASS training completion certification) to DSS NAO eMASS mailbox: dss.quantico.dss.mbx.emass@mail.mil

Send questions and inquiries to the NAO eMASS mailbox at: dss.quantico.dss.mbx.emass@mail.mil.

March 14, 2019

Revised SF-328 now available

The SF 328, Certificate Pertaining to Foreign Interests, has been revised. The revision provides for additional uses by Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. No additional substantive changes were made to the form and industry can begin use immediately. The form can be found on the GSA website at https://www.gsa.gov/forms-library/certificate-pertaining-foreign-interests, and the DoD issuance site at https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/sf/sf0328.pdf. There is no requirement for industry to resubmit forms already provided to the government.

Feb. 26, 2019

PSI requirements for Industry data collection through NISS

The Defense Security Service (DSS) is responsible for projecting Personnel Security Investigations (PSI) requirements each year. The data collection for PSI projection requirements will be conducted March 11 through April 5, 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.

In preparation for this upcoming data collection, our Industry partners are highly encouraged to register for their NISS accounts before March 11, in order to participate in the survey. 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.

Feb. 14, 2019

NAO delays release of the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS)

The DSS NISP Authorization Office (NAO) has postponed the eMASS transition until May 6, 2019. Cleared industry partners should continue to work with their ISSPs and Team Leads to complete the required eMASS training and request a NISP eMASS account to ensure readiness for the transition. Job aids are posted on the NISP eMASS Information and Resource Center.

With the postponement of the eMASS transition, the DSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM) Version 2.0 will be delayed. The revised release date is April 8, 2019, with an effective date of May 6, 2019.

Industry partners should continue to submit all System Security Plans (SSP) and supporting artifacts via the ODAA Business Management System (OBMS).

Questions and inquiries regarding eMASS are handled through the NAO eMASS mailbox: dss.quantico.dss.mbx.emass@mail.mil. Questions and inquiries regarding the DAAPM are handled through the NAO mailbox: dss.quantico.dss-hq.mbx.odaa@mail.mil.

Jan. 28, 2019

DSS Releases ISL 2019-01 "Foreign Passports - SEAD 4"

ISL 2019-01 replaces the September 2018 notice on Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 4 posted to the DSS web site. The ISL provides additional guidance to industry on the implementation of SEAD 4 Adjudicative Guidelines related to the disposition of foreign passports belonging to cleared employees that have been previously retained by contractors in accordance with DoD directions and the former Adjudicative Guidelines. Click here to view ISL.

Jan. 7, 2019

DISS provisioning now open to all facilities

The Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC) is now provisioning users for any facilities that have not yet been provisioned. Please carefully read and follow the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) JVS Provisioning Instructions. Once you have obtained access to the system, please refer to DISS Tips and Tricks.

Jan. 7, 2019

Reposting of "Implementation of Interim Backlog Mitigation Measures for Entities Cleared by DoD under the National Industrial Security Program" due to an incorrect email in original posting

Oct. 24, 2018 -

In early June 2018, the Director of National Intelligence, in his capacity as the Security Executive Agent, and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, in his capacity as the Suitability & Credentialing Executive Agent (Executive Agents), jointly issued a memorandum directing the implementation of interim measures intended to mitigate the existing backlog of personnel security investigations at the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). These measures include the deferment of reinvestigations when screening results are favorable and mitigation activities are in place, as directed.

In accordance with the guidance and direction received from the Executive Agents, Defense Security Service (DSS) will adopt procedures to defer the submission of Tier 3 Reinvestigations (T3Rs) and Tier 5 Reinvestigations (T5Rs) for entities cleared under the National Industrial Security Program. Facility Security Officers should continue to submit completed Standard Form 86 and the reinvestigation request, six years from the date of last investigation for the T5Rs and 10 years from the date of the last reinvestigation for the T3Rs. New reinvestigation requests will be screened by DSS using a risk management approach that permits deferment of reinvestigations according to policy. If the determination is made to defer reinvestigations, individuals will be immediately enrolled into the DoD Continuous Evaluation (CE)/Continuous Vetting (CV) capabilities, as required.

The Executive Agents have directed all Federal departments and agencies to reciprocally accept the prior favorable adjudication for deferred reinvestigations that are out of scope (overdue). Existing eligibility remains valid until the individual is removed from CE, no longer has any DoD affiliation, or has their eligibility revoked or suspended.

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence signed a memorandum on December 7, 2016, reminding DoD Components that personnel security clearances do not expire. Individuals with current eligibility in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS), or its successor, should not be denied access based on an out-of-scope investigation. That memorandum is provided here for ease of reference. If you encounter any challenges with this process, please email dss.ncr.dss-dvd.mbx.askvroc@mail.mil for assistance.

These procedures will remain in effect until further notice.

More information is available in the linked frequently asked questions.

Jan. 3, 2019

Knowledge Center open for business

The DSS Knowledge Center is operating under normal hours and is not affected by the partial government shutdown. We look forward to assisting you with your e-QIP pin resets/lockouts and Personnel Security inquiries. Please call the Knowledge Center at 1-888-282-7682, Option #2, available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, excluding federal holidays.

Jan. 3, 2019

Filling in the 'Prime Contract Number' field in JPAS when submitting personnel security clearance investigations

Beginning February 1, 2019, DSS may reject investigation submissions that don't include the prime contract number, as shown on the associated industry guidance.  The prime contract number is a required field in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System for personnel security clearance investigations. Please contact the VROC Knowledge Center for questions (888) 282-7682, select option #2.

Dec. 21, 2018

Inoperable Search engine

As noted before the DSS.mil website underwent a major overhaul. We're excited about the new site, but with change comes growing pains. We are aware that the Search engine is returning 404 errors, and we ask for your patience as we work through the issue. In the meantime, we hope you'll explore the site, update your bookmarks and accept our apologies for any inconveniences this may cause.