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NISP RMF A&A eMASS Due to Celebrate Four Year Anniversary on May 6, 2023

The National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) - the official system of record for the NISP Risk Management Framework (RMF) Assessment and Authorization (A&A), turns four years old on May 06, 2023. 

Though the system of records for cleared contractors has not been without its challenges - overall - industry has largely accepted and embraced the migration from the previous A&A process.  Said NAO Chief David Scott. the NIST eMASS third-year anniversary in 2022, "The NISP Authorization Office (NAO) continues to implement NISP eMASS enhancements that streamline operations and provide superior visibility and tracking of all RMF A&A actions…After the success of the Package Approval Chain workflow modification, additional enhancements are in development to support the maturation of the RMF process while we provide improved capabilities to all stakeholders and address our users' evolving needs."  As of May 2022, eMASS had approximately 6,015 systems, 2,361 organizations/containers, and approximately 4,000 users.

The NAO is accountable for the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency’s (DCSA) timely, consistent policy implementation and A&A determinations nationwide, working closely with cleared defense industry, government contracting activities, and other DCSA industrial security personnel.

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  • Completion of eMASS Export Control Spreadsheets
  • Continuous Monitoring (ConMon) Services

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