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About Our DSS SWFT Program

On July 29, 2010, the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence issued a Memorandum titled “DOD Transition to Electronic Fingerprint Capture and Submission in Support of Background Investigations” that essentially directed that all Department of Defense components must electronically capture and submit fingerprints in support of all background investigations by December 31, 2013.

In January 2013, the Defense Security Service (DSS) issued version 2.0 of its guidance manual titled “Electronic Fingerprint Capture Options for Industry”. This document details five deployment options for cleared-companies listed in the Industrial Security Facilities Database to submit electronic fingerprint files to the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) for National Industrial Security Program (NISP) applicants to the DSS SWFT program. Options one through three require the cleared-company to purchase and maintain costly Livescan equipment, while option five offers a partnership with a government entity that already maintains Livescan equipment.

Fieldprint’s DSS SWFT solution for industry provides services that comply with Option Four: Third- Party Vendor Provides Electronic Fingerprint File.

This option allows a company to receive the electronic fingerprint file from a third-party vendor that is an FBI-approved channeler. The third-party vendor collects the fingerprints and saves the file in the required format to meet SWFT, OPM and FBI standards. The vendor provides the electronic fingerprint file to the company using agreed upon file transfer methods. The owning / servicing Facility Security Officer (FSO) uploads the file to SWFT. The third-party vendor must coordinate through the sponsoring FSO to register the equipment with SWFT prior to processing any NISP applicants.

Third Party Vendor Provides Electronic Fingerprint File

DSS “Electronic Fingerprint Capture Options for Industry” January 2013 v.2.0

The Fieldprint Livescan Fingerprinting Network is the only national network with locations in all fifty states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. This allows Fieldprint to offer cleared-companies the ability to meet the new DOD electronic fingerprinting requirement through the use of our national livescan network and officially authorized electronic collection for SWFT/OPM. This solution allows the compliant, cost-effective, convenient electronic fingerprint collection and transmission for cleared-companies under the SWFT program without the need to purchase Livescan equipment.