A new, consolidated DoD Central Adjudicative Facility (CAF) has been established to improve the efficiency of adjudicating personnel security clearances (PCLs) at a time when there is a substantial increase in the number of PCL applications referred from DISCO to DOHA. The new CAF, which was ordered by the Deputy Secretary of Defense, merges the functions, resources, and assets of DISCO, DOHA, Army CAF, Department of the Navy CAF, Air Force CAF, Joint Staff CAF, and Washington Headquarters (WHS) CAF. The new DoD CAF is under the authority, direction, and control of the Director of Administration and Management.
The transition is scheduled to continue this year, with the DoD CAF achieving initial operational capacity in early 2013 and full operation capability by the beginning of 2014. Significant milestones in the transition have already occurred with DISCO and DOHA migrating to the DoD CAF as of the end of October, 2012. DISCO employees became employees of the WHS CAF as of this date, with their e-mail addresses changing to a “mail.mil” suffix (instead of “dss.mil”). As of October 28, 2012, DISCO adjudicative actions reflected DoD CAF instead of DISCO or JPAS, and by January 27, 2013, customers viewing JPAS should only see DoD CAF, DIA, NSA, NGA, NRO, and DOHA. Military services are scheduled to migrate to the DoD CAF through the end of January.
Armstrong Teasdale’s Security Clearance Team is keeping close watch on this transition for any developments that may affect the industrial security community. Our team is being especially vigilant as the transition continues in order to ensure that the appropriate information is provided to the government, companies and individuals.