Reformed Defense Security Service to Reduce Small Business Programs; Elizabeth Mudd Quoted

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Elizabeth Mudd

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, formerly known as the Defense Security Service, plans to reduce small business engagement after merging with the National Background Investigations Bureau, FCW reported Wednesday. DCSA's small businesses goal would drop from 65 percent to below 10 percent as NBIB transfers to the Department of Defense, Elizabeth Mudd, DCSA's small business program manager, said at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association event.

Originally from the Office of Personnel Management, NBIB will move to DCSA to serve as the federal government's sole provider of security clearance, Federal News Network reported. Mudd said the reduction aims to boost the number of subcontractors supporting four prime programs related to background investigation, with $804M in NBIB small business funds coming.

DCSA will fully adopt its background security responsibilities in fiscal year 2020, Mudd noted.

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