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Background Investigations Agency Training

Essentials of Suitability Adjudication Program

Training is being conducted in two locations in Fiscal Year 2015:

OPM-FIS Crystal City Training Lab
Arlington, VA 22202

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

This program covers adjudications of character and conduct for covered positions made under Part 731 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (5 CFR 731). It is intended for individuals who make or approve suitability determinations for covered positions using 5 CFR 731, or are responsible for suitability screening. 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). The program is compliant with the National Suitability Adjudicator Training Standards.

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, weigh information, and decide the appropriate action
  • Recognize appeal procedures
  • Document final adjudicative decisions and follow reporting requirements

Prerequisites:

  • Receipt of the 2008 Suitability Processing Handbook from your designated agency official
  • Successful completion of online "Introduction to Suitability" course prior to attendance. Access to the online course through FIS Learn will be given 30 days prior to the beginning of the Essentials of Suitability Adjudication Program. The Introduction to Suitability Adjudication Program takes approximately three hours to complete.

Tuition:

Tuition for Crystal City sessions is $2,400 and for National Training Center sessions is $2,000. Tuition includes all educational services and materials. Travel, meals and lodging expenses are NOT included. Cancellation policy applies and will accompany registration form. Registration and billing information must be received 30 days in advance.

Class Schedule:

July 13 — July 23 — Crystal City
July 27 — August 6 — Crystal City
August 3 — August 13 — NTC
August 17 — August 27 — NTC
August 24 — September 3 — Crystal City
September 14 — September 24 — Crystal City
September 21 — October 1 — NTC

Registration:

To sign up for this training, please contact fisesap@opm.gov. 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.

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