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Background Investigations Agency Training

Essentials of Suitability Adjudication Program

Training is being conducted in three locations in Fiscal Year 2014

OPM-FIS Training Center (Crystal City)
Arlington, VA 22202

National Training Center (NTC)
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(approximately 1 hour north of Pittsburgh)

This two week program covers adjudications of character and conduct for covered positions made under title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 731. It is intended for Federal employees from Executive Branch agencies who perform work as suitability adjudicators, or are responsible for suitability screening or review. This program is accredited through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) and attendees who successfully complete the course can earn up to three associates/bachelor academic semester credits through the American Council on Education (ACE).

Attendees will learn to

  • Apply suitability criteria and assess issues using a standard methodology
  • Determine the appropriate level of investigation using the OPM Position Designation System
  • Screen applications
  • Exercise suitability reciprocity when warranted
  • Review investigative results
  • Analyze and weigh information, and decide the appropriate action
  • Recognize appeal procedures
  • Document final adjudicative decisions and follow reporting requirements


  • Receipt of the 2008 Suitability Processing Handbook from your designated agency official
  • Completion of "Introduction to Suitability" (online) prior to attendance; information about the online course will be provided upon registration

Tuition is $3,000 and includes all educational services and materials. Travel, meals and lodging expenses are NOT included.

To sign up for this training, please contact For general questions please, contact Vincent Salvino at 724-794-5612, extension 4233. Registration closes 30 days prior to the first day of the course.

Class Schedule

Monday through Friday
Class: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 2 – 13, 2013 (Crystal City)
January 6 – 17, 2014 (Crystal City)
January 27 – February 7, 2014 (NTC)
February 24  March 7, 2014 (Crystal City)
March 17 March 28, 2014 (DHS only -VT)
March 31  April 11, 2014 (NTC)
April 28  – May 9, 2014 (Crystal City)
June 2 – 13, 2014 (Crystal City)
July 14 – 25, 2014 (NTC)
August 4 – 15, 2014 (Crystal City)
September 8 – 19, 2014 (Crystal City)

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