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Background Investigations Reference Materials

The background investigation process may have started with the Civil Service Commission and the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, but since then numerous background investigation rules and regulations have been created making the background investigation process more effective… and much more complex. Here's a collection of some of the most commonly used background investigation references and materials.

  • Requesting OPM Personnel Investigations (INV 15) – This document is intended to assist federal agencies in requesting OPM background investigations. It provides information to familiarize agency human resource and security officials with OPM/FIS and the products and services offered.
  • Investigative Forms – PDF versions of the Standard Forms in electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) (For reference only. OPM does not accept hardcopy Standard Forms.)
  • OPM Access Forms – An agency's contact and communication with OPM must be properly managed. Use these forms to establish the investigation submission process with OPM or manage your existing relationship.
  • Executive Orders – Relevant Executive Orders (E.O.) that made the background investigations process what it is today.
  • HSPD-12 – Relevant Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 references concerning the policy for Government-wide use of personal identity identification (PIV) cards.
  • OPM-FIS Annual Reports – OPM-FIS produces an annual report to increase transparency to its customers.
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