The Vetting Risk Operations Center provides frequently asked questions regarding the deferment process. View the FAQs at: Deferment_FAQ.pdf.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
These procedures will remain in effect until further notice.
More information is available in the linked frequently asked questions.
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.