ODNI Implements Interim Measures to Reduce Investigation Backlog
In June the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) jointly issued a memorandum implementing interim measures to help reduce the investigation backlog for DoD. This memorandum instructs the Defense Security Service (DSS) to defer submission of Tier 3 (T3R) and Tier 5 (T5R) reinvestigations for the contractor workforce. Specifically, Facility Security Officers (FSO) will continue to submit a completed Standard Form 86 reinvestigation request six years from the date of last investigation for the T5Rs and 10 years from the date of the last reinvestigation for the T3Rs. These reinvestigation submissions will be screened by DSS using a risk management approach that permits deferment of reinvestigations according to policy. If the determination is made to defer the reinvestigation, individuals will be immediately enrolled into the DoD Continuous Evaluation (CE)/Continuous Vetting (CV) Program.
Additionally, ODNI has reminded all Federal departments and agencies that personnel security clearances do not expire and they are to reciprocally accept the prior favorable adjudication for investigations that may be out of scope (overdue). Existing eligibility remains valid until the individual is removed from CE, no longer has any DoD affiliation, or has their eligibility revoked or suspended. Individuals with current eligibility in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS), or its successor, should not be denied access based on an out-of-scope investigation. DSS has also posted a “Frequently Asked Questions” about these interim measures that will answer many questions cleared contractors may have.
Keep in mind that this only applies to the cleared contractor population falling under the National Industrial Security Program. Other Federal agencies may adopt similar measures but are not obligated to follow the reinvestigation guidance. As stated in the memorandum, they are however, required to accept reciprocity for cleared contractors working on their contracts and whose clearances were granted by DSS. Hopefully all the FSOs are up to date on this latest guidance and process accordingly.