Our customer is pushing for one (or more) of my cleared contractor employees to receive an interim so he/she can begin performing on classified contracts. When will the interim be issued by DSS?
VROC actively monitors the age of the investigation request inventory and is diligently processing Investigation Requests in the order in which the request was received. An interim determination will be made once the investigation is scheduled and advanced products are returned to VROC by the Investigation Service Provider (ISP). Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. A high level process flow outlining this and other PCL activities associated with obtaining a security clearance for Industry is provided here for your ease of reference, and Step #6 outlines the interim activities. DoD policy requires the following for an Interim Secret to be granted:
For Tier 3, Tier 3 R and Tier 5 requests - a new investigation request must be initiated, and the employee must re-answer the lifestyle “yes/no” questions and update any information that has changed since the original submission. Once you have submitted the new request to DSS and it is showing “Ready for Review/Approval”, please contact the DSS Knowledge Center at 1-888-282-7682, Option #2. Note: Also answer question #5, concerning fingerprint check expiration, if applicable.
For Tier 5 R requests - At this time, please do not submit/resubmit for Top Secret reinvestigation unless the requisite SAP Caveat criteria is met and clearly identified as described here. If the Tier 5 R request is for SAP Caveat, please follow the Tier 3, Tier 3 R and Tier 5 guidance provided above.
I have an employee whose investigation has been open for over a year now, is the investigation still running? How much longer will the investigation take? Who/When can I call for a status update on the investigation?
You can obtain an investigation status update by performing a search of the Security/Suitability Investigations Index (SII) in JPAS. This link is available at the bottom of the Person Summary Screen in JPAS (Perform SII Search). The following statuses are available to let you know what is happening with the investigation: Received -- The Investigation Service Provider has acknowledged receipt of the investigation request and will be reviewing for acceptability.
Unacceptable -- The Investigation Service Provider determined the investigation request to be deficient. VROC will transmit a JPAS message with the reason the request was rejected. If your employee still requires a clearance, a new investigation request will need to be initiated and submitted with the corrected information.
Scheduled -- The Investigation Service Provider has determined the investigation request to be acceptable and the investigation is current ongoing/open.
Closed -- The Investigative Service Provider has completed the investigation and the investigation has been sent for adjudication.
Case Action (CA) Considered -- The "CA Considered" in SII indicates that the case is closed pending leads at NBIB. Once the investigation is closed it will be sent to the DoD CAF for adjudication. DISS/JVS will be updated once the adjudication process is complete.
The Knowledge Center will no longer provide lead count and does not have the ability to estimate nor impact investigation timelines.
VROC is currently managing the investigation request inventory in order to stay within our budget authority, with priority being given to requests for initial clearances. This may result in Tier 5 Reinvestigations either terminating from the system or being rejected if a Special Access Program (SAP) Caveat is not identified as described in the February 10, 2017 guidance available here. Please note: a SAP Caveat applies only where DoD Policy explicitly states an investigation must be conducted at five year intervals for personnel within a certain program. The SAP Caveat does not apply to every person on a SAP, but only specific programs designated by DoD, in writing. At this time, please do not submit/resubmit for Top Secret reinvestigation unless the requisite SAP Caveat criteria is met and clearly identified. VROC will provide additional guidance on submission of requests for Non-SAP Caveat Tier 5 Reinvestigations through public communications and system of record messaging. To facilitate the change in periodicity of Top Secret Reinvestigations and clearance timeliness issues, on Dec. 7, 2016, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence signed a memorandum reminding DoD Components that personnel security clearances do not expire. Individuals with current eligibility in JPAS should not be denied access based on an out-of-scope investigation. This memorandum is available on the DSS website and was disseminated to non-DoD NISP signatories on March 28, 2017.
February 10, 2017 Guidance Summary:
Please submit only Tier 5 Reinvestigation e-QIPs for Special Access Programs (SAP) where SAP policy explicitly states a Tier 5 Reinvestigation is due every five years. Please note: a SAP Caveat applies only where DoD Policy explicitly states an investigation must be conducted at five year intervals for personnel within a certain program. The SAP Caveat does not apply to every person on a SAP, but only specific programs designated by DoD, in writing. Note: SCI is NOT considered a SAP Caveat and should not be submitted. To annotate the SAP Caveat, please include the following in the “Special Handling Instructions”: