Recognizing the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA)

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RECOGNIZING THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CREDIBILITY ASSESSMENT (NCCA)

HON. JOE WILSON OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the re-designation of the Defense Academy of Credibility Assessment, DACA, as the National Center for Credibility Assessment, NCCA.

Part of the Defense Intelligence Agency, DIA, and located at Fort Jackson in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, NCCA serves as the government’s premier educational center for polygraph and other credibility assessment technologies and techniques. Its central mission is to assist federal agencies in the protection of U.S. citizens, interests, infrastructure, and security by providing the best education and tools for credibility assessment.

For more than 50 years NCCA and its predecessor organizations have served as a core agency for the discipline of credibility assessment within the federal government, promoting standardization of credibility procedures, techniques, and applications across the federal government.

By designating NCCA as a national center, the Department of Defense and Defense Intelligence
Agency are taking an important step in helping to harness the rapid technological advances in the field of credibility assessment. As a national center, NCCA will be able to better focus efforts addressing the urgent needs of national and international partners combating terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and other criminal activity.

As the national focal point for credibility assessment, NCCA will coordinate the development and fielding of new credibility technologies to address a broad range of defense, homeland security, intelligence, and law enforcement requirements, ensuring that the federal government’s technologies, techniques and procedures are reliable and scientifically supportable.

Madam Speaker, I am honored to have this important national asset in my district and I congratulate the leadership of DIA and the military and civilian employees at NCCA on this important recognition.