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Each federal agency or department, including the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), is responsible for making the appropriate access, fitness, suitability and/or clearance determination for any position in which an individual applies and is being considered. A criminal record does not necessarily exclude an individual from consideration for Federal employment. However, it will be up to the hiring agency to decide the impact an individual’s criminal record has on the hiring decision.
If asked on any Federal application or background investigation documents, individuals are required to report the applicable information related to their criminal records.
Each agency to which you apply will be responsible for making the appropriate access, fitness, suitability and/or clearance determination for any position for which you are being considered. Therefore, it will be up to the agency to decide the impact not filing Federal taxes has on the decision to hire you.
When asked on any Federal application or background investigation documents, you would be required to report the applicable information related to the non-filing and/or non-payment of your Federal taxes.
Agents do not need to be licensed private investigators. All agents working under this contract must meet the training requirements, qualifications, and the security/fitness requirements outlined in the contract.
Agencies may request NBIB to reopen an investigation for issue resolution of A,
B, or C issues (original, upgrades, or conversions). The agency should
submit a written request to reopen the case and show what issues need to
be resolved. To submit a request to reopen an investigation, see instructions on NBIB's RSI and Reopen webpage.
The RSI is not a background or criminal investigation. An agency may request an RSI when it needs
additional investigation to resolve issues (such as alcohol or drug rehabilitation or credit) that might fall outside the
normal scope of an investigation; to establish a history or pattern of
behavior; or to obtain other information related to suitability or
security. The cost of the RSI varies depending on the work to be
performed, but basic pricing is listed in the National Background Investigations Bureau's (NBIB's) Billing Federal Investigations Notices. To initiate an RSI, please see the instructions on the NBIB RSI and Reopen webpage.
Once a period of debarment from competition for, or appointment to, specified positions has expired, a person is eligible to apply to any vacancy announcement posted following the application procedures outlined for the announcement. The agency to which the person applies will process the application and evaluate the suitability of the applicant, as appropriate.
Information concerning the Essentials of Suitability Adjudication Program can be found on the Agency Training pages of NBIB.OPM.gov.
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