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    Notice No. 01-07

    Subject: Highlights of the 2000 Security Professionals Update Seminar

    Date: March 9, 2001

    On November 13, 2000, the OPM Investigations Service (IS) hosted its fourth annual Security Professionals Seminar at the Holiday Inn Westpark Hotel, Rosslyn, VA.   Over 180 security professionals, representing 90 agency components, attended.

    The seminar opened with a welcome and update on the Investigations Program by Rich Ferris, Associate Director-IS and Kathy Dillaman, Director of Federal Investigations Systems. Jim Green, OPM, Office of General Counsel followed with a Legislative Update.   The morning plenary session ended with a presentation on Federal Bureau of Investigations Initiatives by Billy Martin, FBI, CJIS, Clarksburg, WV.   During lunch Janice Lachance, Director of OPM, recognized the nominees and presented the second annual OPM Guardian Award. More information on the nominees and winner of the Guardian Award is attached.   The lunch program concluded with a presentation by Pat Divinnie, National Security Agency, on "SF86, From a Counter Intelligence Perspective".   Participants attended three separate workshops throughout the day (described below). The day ended with wrap up summaries within each workshop.

    The first workshop was on the Electronic Questionnaire for Investigation Processing (e-QIP).   The e-QIP is a secure web-based system that enables users to create, edit, retrieve and update personal investigative data as part of the background investigation process.   Participants were given a demonstration of the prototype and an explanation of the security controls being implemented to ensure secure transmission of data. OPM-IS will be piloting the e-QIP with the Department of Commerce initially using only the SF86 beginning in April 2001. Expansion of the e-QIP to additional agencies will be dependent upon the success of the pilot. Workshop presenters were Keith Bryson and Forrest Schwengels, BWXT (formerly Lockheed Martin Energy Systems), and Laurie McCandless, OPM-IS.

    The Personnel Security Research Projects Workshop was developed to inform our customer agencies of recent and current research projects within the security community. The Automated Continuing Evaluation System (ACES), by Howard Timm, Defense Security Research Center, is based on the principle that the way we conduct backgrounds has changed little since the 1950's. ACES based on established criteria would tap into the wealth of computer technology and security related databases available to trigger the timing of reinvestigations. An SSBI-PR Productivity Study by Robert Hagan, Personnel Security Managers' Research Program, is in the process of analyzing over 5,000 SSBI-PR's.   Results of this research will be used to determine possible alternative or more effective ways of conducting background investigations. Jennifer O'Connor-Boes, Security Policy Board, provided a general research overview during the workshop.

    The Investigations Service Products and Services Workshop was divided into three sections, specifically designed to inform our customers of the on going enhancements and changes we are making to our products and services.   The Fingerprint Transmission System (FTS), OPM-IS system which interacts with the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) at the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) became fully operational November 22, 1999. The most significant change for our agency customers has been reducing the average fingerprint timeliness results from 45 to 5 days. Our Expanded Investigation Products section included information on advance fingerprint notification, issue resolution for the reinvestigation single scope background investigations and additional agency reports available via our Personnel Investigations Processing System (PIPS). The final section was requested by attendees of the 1999 Security Professionals Seminar and covered the Post Appointment Arrest Process. Presenters were Randy DeMichiei, Chris DeMatteis, and Kathy Baker from the FIPC-IS staff.

    Due to several requests for a copy of Jim Green's Legislative Update presented at the seminar, we have attached a copy to this FIN. We also hope you will find the attached information on this year's nominees and winner of the Second Annual OPM Guardian Award to be informative and inspire you to nominate a colleague or group next year.

    We wish to thank all those who attended and presented. We received several positive comments regarding the overall quality of the seminar along with suggestions to improve the next session.   November 2001 is the tentative date for 2001 Security Professionals Seminar.   Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.

    Richard A. Ferris
    Associate Director for Investigations


    Legislative Update on Security Issues

    Inquiries: OPM-IS, Oversight and Technical Assistance Division, 202-606-1042
    OPM-FIPC, Program Services Office, 724-794-5612

    Code: 736, Personnel Investigations

    Distribution: SOI/SONs

    Notice Expires: March 31, 2002

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