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What is the purpose of the National Background Investigation Bureau's (NBIB's) Reimbursable Suitability Investigation (RSI) and how can I request one?

The RSI is not a background or criminal investigation. RSIs 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 base pricing is listed in the National Background Investigations Bureau’s Billing Federal Investigation Notices . A representative of NBIB will contact the agency prior to scheduling the investigation to provide a cost estimate. To initiate an RSI, please see the instructions on the National Background Investigations Bureau’s RSI and Reopen webpage.

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