Background Investigations

DCSA Releases Revised Investigative Costs for Fiscal Year 2022/23

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) released a new Federal Investigative Notice (FIN) for revised pricing on investigative products and services for Fiscal Year 2022, which starts October 1, 2021. Notably, pricing for background investigation products for Tiers 1 through 5 were reduced by three percent compared to previously published FY 2022 rates. A new product addition that aligns with the Trusted Workforce initiative offers non- DoD agencies continuous vetting services for an annual subscription fee. Here is a quick look at primary investigation costs:

Investigation TypeStandardPriority
National Agency Check$140N/A
Tier 1 (non-sensitive low risk)$180N/A
Tier 2 (moderate risk public trust)$420$455
Tier 2R (reinvestigation)$380$410
Tier 3 (non-critical sensitive – Secret)$420N/A
Tier 3R (reinvestigation)$380N/A
Tier 4 (high risk public trust)$4,095$4,425
Tier 4R (reinvestigation)$2,530$2,730
Tier 5 (critical and special sensitive (TS and SCI)$5,410$5,845
Tier 5R (reinvestigation)$2,965$3,200

Other investigative products are available on an as needed basis such as Expedited Screening Protocol to screen those individuals who have a foreign nexus or Reimbursable Suitability/Security Investigations that may require fieldwork and centralized checks. You can go to the FIN 21-02 directly to see all of the products available and cost for each. As an add on note, reinvestigations for Tier 3 and 5 have largely gone by the wayside now that continuous evaluation is in effect, the same will go for Tier 2 and 4 once the Trusted Workforce Program is implemented.

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