Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency

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Seal of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency
Seal of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), formerly Defense Security Service (DSS), is a federal security agency of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). Within areas of DoD responsibility, DSS is tasked with facilitating personnel security investigations,[contradictory] supervising industrial security, and performing security education and awareness training. DSS is an authorized Federal Security Agency. Industrial Security Representatives and Information System Security Professionals are credentialed special agents. Originally known as the Defense Investigative Service (DIS), DIS was established in 1972.[1] The agency changed its name from DIS in 1999 to the Defense Security Service (DSS).[2] In July 2019, it was reorganized as the DCSA in conjunction with the transfer of responsibility for conducting background investigations from OPM's National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB).[3][4]

For fiscal year 2016 DSS was authorized 800 civilian employees. Of those, about 400 were field personnel directly responsible for security oversight of approximately 13,000 cleared defense contractor facilities.[5] ISS Industrial Security Representatives and Information System Security Professionals are credentialed Special Agents.[citation needed] Stanley Sims, the Director of DSS, retired in 2016, he is now the Director of Security of the foreign-owned (Canadian) defense contractor CGI.

In November 2004, investigators from DSS were transferred to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM); this move consolidated the vast majority of federal government personnel background investigations within OPM. DSS still processes industrial clearance requests for the DoD,[6] and acts as the liaison to the OPM for the DoD.[1]

See also[edit]

US military criminal investigative organizations

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About DSS – History". Archived from the original on June 25, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "History". www.dss.mil. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  3. ^ "New agency name, acting director". Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "Transferring Responsibility for Background Investigations to the Department of Defense". Federal Register. April 29, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  5. ^ "DSS Fact Sheet". Retrieved December 8, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "About DSS". Retrieved December 8, 2007.[permanent dead link]

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