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  • Yes. Background Investigators are required to identify, locate, and interview a sufficient number of people who know you well. We want a balanced and unbiased investigation. It would be a questionable investigative practice to only interview persons whom the individual being investigated identified for us.
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  • Unless an exception has been granted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) agencies must delay the collection of the Optional Form (OF) 306 until after the applicant's experience and qualifications have been considered and a conditional offer of employment has been made.
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  • Each federal agency or department to which an individual applies is responsible for making the appropriate access, fitness, suitability and/or clearance determination for any position for which the person is being considered.  Therefore, it will be up to the hiring agency to decide the impact the DUI has on the hiring decision.

    If asked on any Federal application or background investigation document, the DUI must be reported.  

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  • An investigations service provider will conduct your background investigation at the request of the sponsoring Federal agency looking to hire or retain you as an employee, contractor or member of the military. After NBIB provides the completed investigative product, the sponsoring Federal agency will evaluate your case, make the appropriate adjudication or determination and (if required for the position) decide whether to grant you a clearance.
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  • The interests of national security require that all persons privileged to be employed in the departments and agencies of the government shall be reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and of complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States. This means that the appointment of each civilian employee in any department or agency of the government is subject to investigation. The scope of the investigation will vary, depending on the nature of the position and the degree of harm that an individual in that position could cause.

    The requirement to be investigated applies whether or not the position requires a security clearance (in order to have access to classified national security information).

    Read more about the National Background Investigations Bureau at NBIB.OPM.GOV

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  • Many types of background investigations involve a personal interview. Moreover, you may submit information on extra pages with your questionnaire if you feel you need to more fully explain details or circumstances of the answers you put on the form.
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  • Security clearances are granted on a need-to-have basis when a person's position requires access to classified information.  When the need to access classified information ceases (such as when the person leaves the position), the clearance is administratively withdrawn.  A withdrawn clearance may be reinstated if the same level or lower access is required within two years, a reinvestigation is not due and no additional factors apply.  

    There is currently no mechanism for an agency to continue to sponsor a person's clearance when the person no longer requires the access.  Your agency security office can advise you further on your specific situation.
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  • Not necessarily. Any negative information is evaluated regarding its recency, seriousness, relevance to the position and duties, and in light of, and in relationship to, all other information about you.
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  • The timeliness of a background investigation depends on the type of investigation required for the position. Depending on the type of background investigation, the scope of the investigation varies. Additionally, each individual person’s background varies which effects the number of resources needed to complete the background investigation.

    The need for a security clearance may affect the time it takes for your agency to adjudicate the completed investigation. Each background investigation requires that specific investigation components is completed.

    Although all investigations vary, you can find the overall average investigation timeliness in the Agency Performance Plan and Report at: https://www.performance.gov/OPM/OPM.html. We anticipate quarterly metrics will be available beginning in March 2018. 

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  • 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. 

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