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Whenever military members, federal employees or contractors require access to classified national security information (and/or assignment to a national security sensitive position), the individual must be granted security clearance eligibility at the proper level to access that information or occupy the national security sensitive position.
A security clearance eligibility is a determination that a person is able and willing to safeguard classified national security information and/or occupy a national security sensitive position. The three national security clearance eligibility levels are: Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret.
Although DCSA is the Investigations Service Provider for investigations that support clearances and clearance eligibility, the Executive Agent in charge of the policy for clearances is the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. To learn more about security clearances and maintaining eligibility, click here.
Suitability refers to a person's character or conduct that may have an impact on the integrity or efficiency of the individual’s government service. Certain standards of character and conduct are used to evaluate whether federal employees in covered positions in accordance with title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, section 731, will fulfill their position duties and responsibilities effectively, and in doing so, support their employing agency’s reputation and mission.
Suitability adjudication is distinct from assessment of an individual’s qualifications for a job and from assessment of eligibility for access to classified information or assignment to sensitive duties.
Although DCSA is the Investigations Service Provider for investigations that support covered positions subject to suitability, fitness and credentialing standards, the Executive Agent in charge of the policy for clearances is the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. To learn more about suitability determinations, click here.
Fitness refers to the adjudicative decision made on excepted service, contractor and other non-Federal personnel working for, on behalf of the Federal Government. These adjudicative guidelines are similar to suitability guidelines, but governed by different regulations. Instead of being governed by 5 CFR 731, fitness determinations are made under separate guidelines determined by the entities making the decisions.
Although not one standard exists for fitness decisions, the Chief Human Capitol Officer within the U.S. Office of Personnel Management issues “Best Practices” guidance in 2013. You can find that on the CHCO website here.
The DoD has used Common Access Cards (CAC) cards as a form of identification and access control for many years. The 2004, Homeland Security Presidential Directive – 12, has instituted a similar requirement for the entire Federal Government establishing the use of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards. Although DCSA is the Investigations Service Provider for investigations that support issuing PIV cards, the Executive Agent in charge of the policy for credentialing is the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. To learn more about credentialing, click here.
DoD Consolidated Adjudications Center
DCSA’s DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF) adjudicates or evaluates completed personnel security investigations and information reported under the Department's continuous evaluation program. The CAF renders a determination of each individual’s eligibility to occupy national security sensitive positions and/or to security clearance eligibility classified information.
Certified Adjudicators apply regulations, executive orders, and governmental directives to assess an individual's loyalty, trustworthiness, and reliability in determining whether it is in the best interest of national security to grant access to that individual.
The CAF utilizes the national security standards, found in the Adjudication Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information, which were issued pursuant to Executive Order 12968, "Access to Classified information," dated August 2, 1995. These national security adjudicative guidelines were revised in December 2005.
For more information on the CAF, click here.