NISPPAC November 2012 Meeting Report

In mid-February 2013, the report of the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee’s (NISPPAC) November 2012 meeting was posted at the Information Security Oversight Office’s (ISOO) website. Some highlights from the meeting include:

The Defense Security Service (DSS) reported that some intelligence community (IC) members are now using the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) for submitting their Periodic Reinvestigations, which is a departure from past procedures.

The draft of DoD 5200.02-M (which will replace DoD 5200.2-R, Personnel Security Program) proposes interim clearance eligibility cannot be granted until the following:

1. Investigation open by the Investigation Service Provider.
2. Favorable review of completed SF86 by appropriate adjudicating authority.
3. Receipt of Favorable FBI Criminal History Report (Advance FP Results).
4. Review of applicable security databases and available records.

Item #3 (above) will add about two to three weeks to interim Secret clearance eligibility determinations, which currently take about 3 days for NISP cases.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) reported that the draft Security Executive Agent Directive 600 (SEAD 600), National Reciprocity Policy, is in development and preparing for informal coordination with the Security Executive Agent Advisory Committee. SEAD 600 will update and consolidate existing national security reciprocity policy into one document with a projected implementation date in spring 2013.

ODNI is creating a webpage for reporting reciprocity non-compliance on the Security Executive Agent (SecEA) portion of National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX) website. ODNI server support for re-porting via a web form is being developed and tested. Implementation of the website for reporting reciprocity non-compliance is projected for late spring 2013

Except for Top Secret Periodic Reinvestigations (TSPRs), average end-to-end processing times for the fastest 90% of NISP cases remained essentially the same during FY2012. Processing times for TSPRs gradually increased from 116 days in Q1 to 144 days in Q4 FY2012. Data reported for July 2012 appeared to be erroneous.

The total number of cases pending adjudication at the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (now known as Industrial Division A of the DOD Consolidated Adjudication Facility—DODCAF) declined from 18,455 in Q1 to 9,009 in Q4 FY2012. However, the most problematic cases are transferred from Indus-trial Division A to Industrial Division B (formerly the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals). Unfortunately Industrial Division B does not provide any statistical data for inclusion in NISPPAC reports, so it’s not known how many cases are pending adjudication there and for how long.

Average end-to-end processing times for the fastest 90% of initial clearances for contractors handled by Intelligence Community agencies rose from 103 days in Q1 to 127 days in Q4 FY2012. The time required for the investigation and adjudication of Periodic Reinvestigations remained constant during the fiscal year; however, initiation time rose dramatically from 11 days in Q1 to 39 days in Q4.

The average end-to-end processing time for the fastest 90% of Department of Energy (DOE) initial clearances for federal and contractor personnel remained constant during FY2012 at about 72 days. As of October 2012, there were 61,718 DOE contractors with Q access authorizations and 23,543 DOE con-tractors with L access authorizations.

by William Henderson
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