The Future Personnel Vetting IT System is Called NBIS
The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is in the process of building an Information Technology (IT) system for personnel vetting to replace the systems currently in use by various agencies. This new system is called the National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) and it will include all of the steps in the background investigation cycle (application initiation, investigation, adjudication, and continuous vetting). The end-goal is to have a one-stop shop for the entire personnel security and vetting process. Here is a chart published by DCSA that shows the proposed end state for NBIS:
This new process will leverage technology to streamline the workload and become faster and more efficient. DCSA also plans on changing other things, such as switching from using e-QIP to the new eApp, enabling mass eApp initiations, using e-Adjudication for more investigation types, and moving from reinvestigations to continuous vetting. Background investigation and security clearance reform has moved along the past two years at a pace never seen before and I, for one, welcome all of the changes that were a long-time coming. Now if we can get all agencies on board in accepting reciprocity when an investigation at the same level or higher has already been completed that will cut down on unnecessary time and effort spent revalidating what has already been done.