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In cases of covered positions that are subject to investigation as defined in Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 731, the Office of Personnel Management retains jurisdiction to make final determinations and take actions in all suitability cases where there is evidence that there has been a material, intentional false statement, or deception or fraud in examination or appointment or there is a refusal to furnish testimony as required by §5.4 of Chapter 5. Agencies must refer these cases to OPM for suitability determinations and actions under 5 CFR 731, and when an agency wants to take or has taken an action under its own authority (5 CFR part 315, 5 CFR part 359, or 5 CFR part 752), the agency must notify OPM. OPM may, in its discretion, exercise its jurisdiction under this part in any case it deems necessary.
To notify OPM of the action your agency has taken, please contact the OPM Suitability Adjudications office located in Pennsylvania by calling (724) 794-5612.
OPM conducts the background investigations which may be requested by Federal agencies as the basis for a security determination. The adjudication of the investigation and the maintenance of the security clearance are the responsibility of the agency sponsoring the clearance. We encourage you to contact your security office as soon as possible to discuss your situation and ensure you have met their requirements.
Your employing agency is responsible for making this determination. Executive Order 12968, as amended, sets forth the responsibility and requirements for agency heads to determine the need for employees within the agency to have access to classified information, in addition to the eligibility requirements for being granted access and maintaining such access.
The identity of OPM investigators can be confirmed through Federal Investigative Services’ Security and Safety Team. There are two ways to confirm the identity of an investigator; by phone at 888/795-5673 option 1 or by e-mail to FISSST@opm.gov.
The identity of OPM investigators can be confirmed through Federal Investigative Services’ Security and Safety Team. There are two ways to confirm the identity of an investigator; by phone at 888-795-5673 option 1, or by e-mail to FISSST@opm.gov.
An individual's failure to register with the Selective Service is considered an issue of eligibility for appointment, and agencies should follow the guidance provided in 5 CFR 300.701-707 when considering such individuals for appointment. Questions may be directed to the Human Capital Leadership and Merit System Accountability Division at (202) 606-2131, or you may write to:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Human Capital Leadership and Merit System Accountability Division
1900 E Street NW, Room 7470
Washington, DC 20415
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducts background investigations to determine if applicants or employees (civilian, military and contractor) meet the suitability or fitness requirements for employment, or are eligible for access to Federal facilities, automated systems, or classified information. The scope of a background investigation varies depending on the duties and access requirements for the position. The employing or sponsoring agency is responsible for determining the appropriate level of investigation to be conducted based on current rules and procedures.
A background investigation may also be conducted if an individual’s position requires a higher level of access or a periodic reinvestigation to maintain existing access. Additional information on OPM’s Federal Investigative Services can be found on our website at: http://www.opm.gov/investigate/index.aspx.
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