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    Background Investigations Agency Training

    Essentials of Suitability Adjudication Program

    Training is being conducted in two locations in Fiscal Year 2015:

    OPM-FIS Crystal City Training Lab
    Arlington, VA 22202

    OPM-FIS National Training Center (NTC)
    Slippery Rock, PA 16057
    (approximately 1 hour north of Pittsburgh)

    This program covers adjudications of character and conduct for covered positions made under Part 731 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (5 CFR 731). It is intended for individuals who make or approve determinations for covered positions using 5 CFR 731, or are responsible for suitability screening. This program is accredited through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) and attendees who successfully complete the course can earn up to three associates/bachelor academic semester credits through the American Council on Education (ACE). The program is compliant with the National Suitability Adjudicator Training Standards.

    Attendees will learn to:

    • Apply suitability criteria and assess issues using a standard methodology
    • Determine the appropriate level of investigation using the OPM Position Designation System
    • Screen applications
    • Exercise suitability reciprocity when warranted
    • Review investigative results
    • Analyze, weigh information, and decide the appropriate action
    • Recognize appeal procedures
    • Document final adjudicative decisions and follow reporting requirements


    • Receipt of the 2008 Suitability Processing Handbook from your designated agency official
    • Successful completion of online "Introduction to Suitability" course prior to attendance. Access to the online course through FIS Learn will be given 30 days prior to the beginning of the Essentials of Suitability Adjudication Program. The Introduction to Suitability Adjudication Program takes approximately three hours to complete.


    Tuition for Crystal City sessions is $2,400 and includes all educational services and materials. Travel, meals and lodging expenses are NOT included. Cancellation policy applies and will accompany registration form. Registration and billing information must be received 30 days in advance.

    Class Schedule:

    April 13 — April 23 — Crystal City
    May 4 — May 14 — Crystal City
    June 8 — June 18 — Crystal City


    To sign up for this training, please contact For general questions please contact Vincent Salvino at 724-794-5612, extension 4233. Registration closes 30 days prior to the first day of the course.

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