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.
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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.
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.
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 the situation you describe has on the hiring decision.
Information concerning the Essentials of Suitability Adjudication Program can be found on the Agency Training pages of OPM.gov.
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