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Employees who occupy national security positions and have access to classified information are expected to self-report changes or incidents that may impact their clearances. The Adjudicative Guidelines in 5 CFR 731 202 and Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 4 are a valuable tool in determining if a life-event or situation might result in a need to self-report. Self-reporting, while mandatory, is also a question of personal integrity and certainly preferable to the incident or change being discovered.
Even if you do not have a clearance, your agency may still require you to report to your security office certain changes and information about yourself. Please contact your agency’s security office with any questions regarding your specific situation.
Each agency may have different Self-Reporting Procedures and if you need to self-report you should contact your agency’s security office; However, the issues required to be reported are the same across the federal government. Please see separate tabs to learn how to self-report, depending on who you are.
Listed below are some incidents and life events where self-reporting is expected or may be appropriate, however, this list is not all encompassing and if you are unsure of whether report or not, please speak to your agency’s security office. Personnel cleared for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) or selected Special Access Programs (SAPs) may have additional requirements.
Arrests – Any arrest, regardless of whether or not charges were filed, other involvement with the legal system (such as being sued), any circumstance where you were sworn under oath
Seeking help for life stressors does not reflect adversely on an individual’s judgment. Instead, it may be viewed as a positive sign that an individual recognizes that a problem exists and is willing to take steps toward resolving it.
Self Reporting as a DCSA Employee
If you have experienced an incident or life events where self-reporting is expected, or if you are unsure of whether to self-report, please check DCSA’s intranet (Intelink) for DCSA employees only for the correct contact.
Self Reporting as a Member of the Military
If you have experienced an incident or life events where self-reporting is expected, or if you are unsure of whether to self-report, please talk to your recruiter or Security Officer at your service duty station.
Self Reporting as a Federal Civilian
If you have experienced an incident or life events where self-reporting is expected, or if you are unsure of whether to self-report, please talk to your agency’s Security Officer or Human Resources office for guidance on to whom you should report.
Self Reporting as a DoD Contractor
If you have experienced an incident or life events where self-reporting is expected, or if you are unsure of whether to self-report, please talk to your company’s Facility Security Officer.
Self Reporting as a Contractor
Your security officer, Facility Security Officer, hiring official or recruiter should know what the specific self-reporting procedures are within your agency, command or company. Please contact them for guidance on how and where to report any changes or incidents that may impact your clearance.