In 2018 the Defense Security Service (what is now the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency) replaced the eFCL Web site for facility security clearances (FCLs) with the NISS application within the NCAISS Web site. eFCL was a functional, reliable, relatively easy to use Web site. As I write this in September 2019, NISS has not been any of those things so far. And I’m not the only one to lament the loss of eFCL.

Customers used to sponsor organizations for facility security clearances by emailing the required documentation to the DCSA. Now they have to submit such FCL sponsorship requests via NISS. And I’ve found that the security personnel (both in government and industry) usually don’t know how to do this. This has held up the issuance of facility security clearances; because until a sponsorship is properly submitted in NISS, the organization waiting for a facility security clearance will continue waiting.

NISS does provide some additional functionality to industry users to maintain their facility security clearances that eFCL did not. But NISS has been buggy, unintuitive, and confusing so far. It has perplexed both industry users and DCSA Representatives.

So it has now become a part of my consulting practice to use NISS on the behalf of sponsored clients. And I have also had to coach the customers’ security personnel on how to even submit the facility security clearance (FCL) sponsorship properly in NISS.

~ Michael Bush, President and Principal Consultant of Secure Defense Consulting, Inc.