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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • If a material, intentional falsification, deception or fraud issue is developed during an NBIB investigation, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will contact the agency to coordinate the adjudication. OPM may assume jurisdiction after discussing the case with the agency. If an agency feels an NBIB investigation developed a material, intentional falsification, deception or fraud issue that should have been adjudicated by OPM but was not, it may contact OPM's Suitability Adjudications to request a second review of the case.
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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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  • For some types of investigations, the former spouse may be interviewed regarding the Subject of the investigation. The need to interview a former spouse is dependent on the type of investigation requested.
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  • Continuous Evaluation (CE) is an ongoing screening process to review the background of an individual who is assigned to a sensitive position or has access to classified information or material. It exists to ensure that the individual should continue to retain a security clearance or the assignment to sensitive duties. CE leverages a set of automated record checks and business rules to assist in the ongoing assessment of an individual's continued eligibility. For more information on CE, see Executive Order (EO) 13467, as amended by EO 13741 and EO 13764.

    For more information on CE as implemented by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), see the ODNI's CE webpage and FAQs.

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  • It is a requirement of a background investigation, and actual employment, that your current employer be contacted. We must verify your employment data and make other inquiries concerning your background. If you are a Federal employee or contractor, for example, it may be that your current employer needs you to have a security clearance for the work you do. In other instances, you are asked to complete the investigative form for an investigation and clearance only after a conditional offer of employment has been made for a position requiring a security clearance.
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