Personnel Security and Suitability Adjudication (STAF8220)

Personnel Security and Suitability Adjudication

Personnel Security and Suitability Adjudication


Learn the basic purpose, intent, procedures, and application of the Personnel Security and Personnel Suitability Adjudication Programs in reaching potential security and trustworthiness determinations.

Learn suitability determinations for federal government employment and contracting under 5 CFR 731, and for security clearance determinations under the Federal Adjudication Guidelines mandated by Executive Order 12968. Demonstrate your fundamental ability to research, analyze, weigh, decide, and action given security and suitability information. Because this course is designed to impart the skills necessary to adjudicate in a security office, human resources office, or adjudication facility, it relies on practical exercises in class. These practical exercises assist you with your primary functions as adjudicator in identifying personnel security and suitability issues, and in making determinations with regard to the more frequent issues you encounter.

Who Should Attend?

Federal government and contractor personnel serving as adjudicators or performing adjudicative-type functions at all grade levels.




2.4 CEU's

Class Type:

This course is currently being offered in the following training modalities:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Follow the process for making a personnel security or suitability determination
  • Understand policy guidelines and their application in classroom cases
  • Identify basic issues requiring further investigation or determination
  • Adjudicate cases for security clearance eligibility under Executive Order 12968 and the Adjudication Guidelines
  • Adjudicate cases for suitability for employment under 5 CFR 731
  • Understand the importance of due process and when to initiate it

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Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Authorities and Responsibilities
  • Agency Responsibilities
  • OPM Responsibilities
  • Adjudication
  • Adjudicator Responsibilities
  • Overall Process
  • Position Risk Designation
  • Investigations
  • Relationship between Suitability and Security
  • Decision Standard

Day 2

  • Decision Standards--Suitability
  • Factor #1
  • Factor #2
  • Factor #3
  • Factor #4
  • Factor #5
  • Factor #6
  • Factor #7
  • Factor #8
  • Additional Considerations
  • Decisions Standards—Credentialing
  • Decision Standards—Agency/Mission Standards
  • Suitability Adjudication Process
  • Case Summaries for Worksheet
  • Initial Screening
  • How to Summarize Conduct and Character Information
  • Beyond Basic Suitability

Day 3

  • Decision Standards for National Security Positions
  • National Security Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information or Eligibility to Hold a Sensitive Position
  • Guideline A
  • Guideline B
  • Guideline C
  • Guideline D
  • Guideline E
  • Guideline F
  • How to Read a Credit Report

Day 4

  • Guideline G
  • Guideline H
  • Guideline I
  • Guideline J
  • Guideline K
  • Guideline L
  • Guideline M
  • How to Summarize Investigative Information
  • Due Process
  • Writing Questions
  • Reviewing Responses
  • Class Closure and Evaluations

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