Security Clearance Process

DCSA Prepares Focus on Cleaning Up Periodic Reinvestigations

For the last three years the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Defense Counterintelligence Agency (DCSA) have put periodic reinvestigations (PR) on hold in order to reduce the huge investigation backlog. Now that the backlog is down to a steady state flow, DCSA is now starting to focus on cleaning up all contractor security clearance records whose PR is due but were not screened for deferment or enrolled into the Continuous Evaluation Program.

Guidance released by DCSA last week stated that Facility Security Officers (FSO) would get a notification from the new system of record called Defense Information System for Security (DISS) to go in and validate their contractor employees who have investigations that are out of scope. For T5Rs this is six years from the date of last investigation (in accordance with January 2017 guidance), and ten years from the date of the last reinvestigation for T3Rs. Within 30 days of notification from DISS the FSO would then initiate the appropriate PR and submit it to DCSA for review and make a determination to either defer the PR and enroll into CE or submit the PR for completion.

As reported by Sr. Editor Lindy Kyzer, continuous vetting is the way forward and I suspect that most PRs will get deferred and the subject will be enrolled in CE/CV. Those PR that do get submitted will be triggered by some type of adverse information or threshold that requires further information to make an adjudicative determination.

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