Security Clearance Process

DCSA Publishes Hard Deadline for the Transition from e-QIP to eAPP

Over the last year the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), in collaboration with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), has been pushing all Federal agencies who are using OPM’s Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) to start the transition over to the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) replacement system called eApplication (eAPP). A recently published Federal Investigations Notice (FIN) 23-02 mandates all agencies must obtain NBIS user accounts for their security personnel and transition applicants from e-QIP to NBIS eAPP by October 1, 2023.

DCSA has diligently been working with agency personnel security employees and contractor facility security officers in approving access accounts, training them on using it, and setting up agency templates in the new system. As with any new system, many glitches and hiccups have occurred along the way, causing some agencies to slow-roll their transition. In early days, the system spent as much time being down with having to roll out updates and fixes, as it was for being accessible for use. Naturally, this is frustrating for security personnel, as well as for applicants themselves.

DCSA will issue follow-on notices regarding how to work those e-QIPs in process when the deadline arrives and when e-QIP will no longer be accessible, but most likely, agencies will stop initiating cases in e-QIP long before the deadline to ensure no one gets caught in the middle of the transition and slips through the cracks. For more information on NBIS and how it will affect you as an eAPP applicant, read more here.

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