Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
If you have not certified your responses, please use the navigation bar in the top right corner to navigate to the sections and questions you need to change. You will be able to change your responses and provide additional information, if needed.
If you have certified your responses, you cannot make any changes. Please release the form to your agency. Your sponsoring agency has the ability to return the request back to you in a manner that allows you to make amendments to your form. Please contact your sponsoring agency if you would like the form to be returned to you.
Note: Each time the form is returned to you from your sponsoring agency in e-QIP, you will need to answer all "Yes/No" questions again and resign the certification and release forms.
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.
OPM’s federal and contract investigators go through a certified training course after they are hired. When they successfully complete the training course, the federal and contract investigators receive credentials that identify them as investigators working for or on behalf of OPM, respectively.
You may apply for OPM investigator positions on USAJOBS. To become a contract investigator, you need to apply directly with the companies that perform background investigations for OPM: CACI and KeyPoint Government Solutions.
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