Some Technical Issues for the New DoD Personnel Security System
The Defense Security Information System (DISS) is a secure, web-based application that allows DoD security officials to communicate and record information regarding personnel security, suitability, and personnel determinations. accreditation.
DISS replaced the infamous Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) on March 31, 2021. This change – and DISS in general – was greeted with a yawn by most security clearance holders, the majority of whom can work their entire career without the system having any real relevance in their daily lives.
reciprocity and mobility of security permissions – Key features of the tool
But the reality is that while you don’t have to access your security clearance information using the new system, your recruiters, security guards, and hiring managers do — and the adjustments to it. Using the new system may mean more problems for security clearance reciprocity and mobility. When it comes to things like security clearance status, eligibility and access, it’s not enough to simply let the system run – security clearance holders may need to contact to verify their clearance status.
“If ever there is a question about the status, the Responsible Facility Security Officer can and should contact the DCSA – VRO or CAS (Consolidated Adjudications Service, formerly CAF) – for a status update,” the notes note. DCSA officials.
Problem with calls for some authorization holders
In addition to status reporting issues for individuals who are denied or revoked access to ICS, a reported issue involves civilian and military clearance holders and applicants appealing an adverse DoD CAF decision to their respective Personnel Security Appeals Board with a personal appearance before a judge from the Office of Defense Hearings and Appeals (DOHA).
In a slew of such cases over the past year, the individual’s “notice of appeal” – the key document that notifies DOHA that an appeal has been filed and places the individual queued for a hearing – was lost somewhere in cyberspace between the security officer in charge of uploading him to DISS and DOHA.
The problem has not occurred in all cases, but it has occurred enough times that it is now my office’s practice to confirm DOHA’s receipt of the notice of appeal in each personal appearance case that we treat. The obvious question is how many other licensees are waiting indefinitely – often languishing on unpaid leave – for a hearing that never comes? It’s also unclear whether the problem is due to user error caused by a lack of training on the new system or a design flaw in the system itself.
stay alert for issues with DISS
Until the issue is resolved or the personal appearance process is replaced with the appeal process currently in place for contractors (expected to take place by September 2022), anyone in such a situation should consider to contact DOHA to confirm that his case is in the queue for a hearing.
Similarly, FSOs and SSOs faced with an alleged loss of collateral eligibility immediately following an adverse SCI decision should raise the matter with DoD CAF senior management, if necessary. We have seen a number of cases where front line arbitrators have mistakenly responded to FSO or SSO requests by claiming that access is “reciprocally” (i.e. automatically) denied or revoked by the DoD CAF – which is prohibited by DoD policy. Don’t buy these unsubstantiated claims.
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