Merger of the SSC and the CSE Into ONCIX
The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive is pleased to announce the merger of ONCIX with the DNI's Special Security Center (SSC) and the Center for Security Evaluation (CSE). ONCIX continues to lead the national counterintelligence effort to protect against foreign intelligence threats to the United States and now serves as the umbrella organization for security issues across the US Government. SSC – renamed the Special Security Directorate (SSD) – and CSE have become new directorates within ONCIX. SSD will continue focusing on security issues ranging from management and oversight of the IC's classification marking systems to serving as the DNI's lead for Security Executive Agent authorities. CSE will continue to coordinate security issues between the Intelligence Community and the Department of State. The merger also brings the Joint Security Clearance Reform Team (JRT) into ONCIX. Authorized by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, the JRT drives the Executive Branch's efforts to improve the timeliness, efficiency, and quality of personnel security clearances.
DNI Clapper began restructuring the ODNI after his confirmation in August 2010, with an eye toward improving efficiency, eliminating redundancy, and further integrating the core functions of the Intelligence Community. He began a series of mergers that included the organizations responsible for the oversight of security and counterintelligence across the Federal Government. These organizations had distinct roles and responsibilities, but shared a common mission to safeguard the United States against intelligence threats. The merger of these entities with ONCIX has enhanced IC mission integration, strengthened the protection of national intelligence, and will save money by enabling the consolidation of common functions.