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The Suitability and Credentialing Executive Agent produces and coordinates a number of policies and regulations. Those regulations are posted accross a vast number of online resources. We have consolidated the most common suitability references here for your convienience.

SuitEA Memoranda and Policy Issuances

Executive Orders

Common CFR References for Suitability and Credentialing

RegulationLast IssuedDescription
5 CFR, Part 731 04/15/2008 Suitability
5 CFR, Part 736 01/01/2003 Personnel Investigations
5 CFR, Part 1400 06/05/2015 Designation of National Security Positions
5 CFR, Part 330.3100 12/01/2016 Timing of Suitability Inquiries in Competitive Hiring

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) establishes policy for a common identification standard for Federal employees and contractors and subsequently directed the Government-wide use of personal identity identification (PIV) cards. On June 30, 2008, in Executive Order 13467, “Reforming Processes Related to Suitability for Government Employment, Fitness for Contractor Employees, and Eligibility for Access to Classified National Security Information”, the President directed the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to “continue to be responsible for developing and implementing uniform and consistent policies and procedures to ensure the effective, efficient and timely completion of investigations and adjudications relating to…eligibility for logical and physical access.” In order to assist agencies with credentialing determinations, OPM has published the following memorandums and Federal Investigations Notices identified below.

Date Document Type Policy
12/15/2020 Memorandum Memorandum: Credentialing Standards Procedures for Issuing Personal Identity Verification Cards under HSPD-12
12/15/2020 Memorandum Memorandum: Frequently Asked Questions for Credentialing Standards
3/2/2016 Memorandum Guidance on Executive Branch-wide Requirements for Issuing Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credentials and Suspension Mechanism
1/14/2008 Memorandum Decision Making Guide: Introduction of Credentialing, Suitability, and Security Clearance Decision-Making Guide
7/31/2008 Memorandum Final Credentialing Standards for Issuing Personal Identity Verification Cards Under HSPD-12
5/17/2010 Federal Investigations Notice (FIN) FIN 10-05: Reminder to Agencies of the Standards for Issuing Identity Credentials Under HSPD-12
3/3/2011 Federal Investigations Notice (FIN) FIN 11-02: New Data File for the Central Verification System (CVS)
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