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What is the purpose of Personnel Security Program (PSP)?

- Establishes the standards, criteria and guidelines upon which personnel security determinations are based

- Helps determine that those granted access to classified are (and will remain) loyal, trustworthy and reliable


What are the character traits of cleared personnel?



Personnel Security Program (PSP) Policies

DoDI 5200.02

DoDM 5200.02

Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 4

EO 12968

EO 13467


What are the five elements of the Personnel Security Program (PSP)?

Continuous Evaluation


What is a Designation?

An assessment of a position’s potential impact on national security


What is Adjudication?

- Judgment concerning security clearance eligibility made by evaluating the reported information against the national security adjudicative guidelines


What is Reinvestigation?

- Individuals are reinvestigated at certain intervals based on duties or access

- May be initiated when unfavorable information arises that raises a concern under the adjudicative guidelines

- Considered part of the Continuous Evaluation Program


What is Continuous Evaluation?

Used to monitor employees for new information or changes since the last investigation or reinvestigation that could affect their eligibility status


What is Eligibility?

A favorable determination for access to classified or assignment to a sensitive position prior to access being granted


Who may be granted security clearance eligibility?

Only US Citizens


What are the 4 Personnel Designation Categories?



What is Limited Access Authorization (LAA)?

May be granted when it is in the interest of the U.S. Government to allow a non-U.S. citizen to have access to classified information


Special Sensitive Position

- Civilian national security position

- Potential for inestimable damage

- Includes SCI and SAP

- Any civilian position the DoD Component head determines to be at higher level than critical-sensitive


Critical Sensitive Position

- Civilian national security position
- Potential to cause exceptionally grave damage
- Includes TS, DOE "Q" and fiduciary duties of over $50 million


Non-critical Sensitive

- Civilian national security position
- Potential to cause significant or serious damage
- Includes Secret, Confidential and DOE "L"



- No sensitive job duties
- No need for access to classified
- Position does not have the potential to adversely impact national security


What is the investigative requirement for LAA?

Tier 5 - SSBI


What are the LAA Restrictions?

- Access limited to Secret or lower
- Access limited to the approved program or project
- Information must be releasable to the applicant’s home country

*Access outside approved program or project is a compromise and must be handled as one


What are some positions that do not require access to classified, but may require a security investigation?

- Red Cross and/or other United Service Organizations personnel
- Non-U.S. citizens employed by DoD components overseas
- Personnel occupying some IT or related positions


What are the areas of Special Access?

- Presidential Support Activities
- Special Access Programs
- Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)
- Nuclear Personnel Reliability Program (Nuclear PRP)
- Nuclear Command and Control - Extremely Sensitive Information (NC2-ESI)
- Chemical PRP


What is the purpose of Nuclear Personnel Reliability Program (PRP)?

- Ensure all those performing duties associated with nuclear weapons or nuclear command and control systems and equipment are

- Emotionally stable
- Physically capable
- Reliable
- Professionally competent


What is Restricted Data (RD)?

- Additional warning notice of special handling requirements

- Includes information concerning:
- Design, manufacture or use of atomic weapons
- Production of special nuclear material
- Use of special nuclear material in the production of energy

*Restricted Data is not SAP nor is it a classification category!


What is Critical Nuclear Weapon Design Information (CNWDI)?

- Restricted Data classified as Top Secret or Secret

- Includes information about the theory of operation or design of the components of a thermo-nuclear or implosion-type fission bomb, warhead, demolition munition, or test device


Which areas are included in Special Access, but are not considered SAPs?

- Restricted Data (RD)
- Critical Nuclear Weapon Design Information (CNWDI)


What is included in an Initial Briefing?

- Importance of classified information
- Proper ways to protect classified information
- How to perform duties that require access
- Potential security concerns with foreign intelligence services
- Procedures to report issues associated with the protection of classified information


What is the purpose of an Annual Briefing?

- Remind people of responsibilities under the personnel security program

- Inform people of changes in the personnel security program since their last briefing


What is the purpose of an Insider Threat Briefing?

- Share the importance of detecting potential insider threat
- Make individuals aware of insider threat indicators and reporting requirements
- Information on methods used by adversaries to recruit trusted insiders


What is included in a Termination Briefing?

- Legal requirements to protect classified information
- Criminal penalties for unauthorized disclosure
- How intelligence services may target personnel after they have left federal service and how to report problems
- Need for written approval from the agency before any disclosure


Who receives Termination Briefings?

- Military or civilians leaving service
- Those who have been terminated from employment
- Those who have an administrative withdrawal of their access
- Those will be absent from duty for 60 days or more


Steps for Applying for a Personnel Clearance

1. Using e-QIP, the security office initiates a personnel security questionnaire
2. The individual being investigated completes the e-QIP
3. The security office reviews and approves the questionnaire
4. The security office forwards the electronic questionnaire to the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB)
5. NBIB completes the investigative process and provides the DoD CAF with a report
6. Adjudicators at the CAF utilize the report and the Adjudicative Guidelines to make an eligibility determination