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RJ: When I last got interviewed as a reference, it was the DIA (Defense Investigative Agency) that the agents claimed to be with. (That was also for a DOD clearance, not DOE or CIA. These agencies likely have differing procedures.)

I think you must have two agencies confused. The DIA is a different animal entirely. The old DIS, which I believe is what you are remembering, was renamed the DSS in 1999. At the time of renaming, it was refocused on national security personnel. DOE (Q) clearances are now handled by the Office of Personnel Management. The CIA cannot make public which agency handles their security clearances, of course.

DIA = Defense Intelligence Agency.

DIS = Defense Investigative Services (1972-1999)

DSS = Defense Security Service (1999-present)

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