Standard Background Investigation Forms
A properly completed questionnaire is key to a complete and thorough background investigation. It helps investigators complete fieldwork in a timely manner and reduces the lengths of interviews.
There are three standard forms used to conduct background investigations if you’re under consideration to work for, or on behalf, of the U.S. government:
Get Help with Forms
For tailored answers to questions about your investigative questionnaire:
Military: Contact the security officer within your command.
Federal Civilian: Contact the security officer or HR representative at the agency where you are applying or are currently employed.
DOD Contractors: Contact the facility security officer (FSO) at the company where you are applying or where you are currently employed. If you need a password reset or registration code reset for e-QIP, you may contact the DCSA Applicant Knowledge Center Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 724-738-5090. Please choose the option for “Personnel Security Clearance Inquiries to include e-QIP.” Additionally, they are available via email at DCSAAKC@mail.mil.
Other Federal Contractors: Contact the security officer or HR representative at the agency where you are applying or are currently employed.
Factsheets, Guides & Other Resources
Certain areas of the questionnaires that are often misunderstood, overlooked, or answered incorrectly. Explore resources that help address these areas.
DCSA SF-86 Factsheet
SF-86 Tips for a More Efficient Background Investigation
OPM’s e-QIP Reference Guide
First-time User Login Instructions
Click-to-Sign Instructions for Applicants