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DFAS Personnel Security

NOTE: Processing and procedures identified below are specific to DFAS employees only. If you are not employed by DFAS, check with your owning/prospective Human Resources or Security Office for guidance on their suitability and security review process.

General Information

In the interest of safeguarding the welfare of the American people, all persons privileged to be employed in the departments and agencies of the United States Government shall be reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and of complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States. Regulations require background investigations on each Federal employee as a condition of employment.

The scope of the investigation will vary, depending on the nature of the position and degree of harm that could be caused to the national security by the individual in that position. Security requirements are listed in the position’s job announcement. Previous background investigations conducted for civilian, military or contractor employment may not meet the security requirements of your offered position, thus requiring a new investigation through the current investigation process.

A security clearance is different than a suitability review. A security clearance is designed to determine eligibility for access to classified and/or national security information and entails an evaluation of whether an individual may be a potential security threat. The security clearance process typically includes a subject interview, an FBI reference check of former employers, co-workers, friends, neighbors, landlords, and schools along with a review of credit, tax, and police records.

Suitability requirements apply whether or not the position requires a security clearance to have access to classified and/or national security information. The suitability review is an evaluation of a person’s character traits and conduct to decide whether that individual is likely to act with integrity and efficiency in their job. The suitability review focuses on the individual’s personal conduct, the security clearance is more extensive and also looks into the conduct of associates, relatives, and other contacts.

Computerized fingerprinting

Instructions for completing the SF-87, Fingerprint Card

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Getting Started

The DFAS Personnel Security Office will email you if you require a security review, and which versions depending on your position. The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency will send a follow-up email with credentials needed to access the Electronic Application (eApp) system.

The National Background Investigations Services (NBIS) uses the web-based automated eAPP system to facilitates the processing of standard background investigative forms. It allows the user to electronically enter, update and transmit their personal investigative data over a secure internet connection.

Avoid Delays by Completely Answering All Questions

The full review process may take several months, possibly over one year, to complete. Waiting for the results can be stressful. and candidates are often concerned about what may be causing the delay. Here are some tips to reduce the chance of delay. Complete addresses and phone numbers allow investigators to conduct interviews or retrieve documents. Don’t forget to include short-term residences, employment, or education. Providing complete or accurate data will keep your investigation process going smoothly.

Finding Missing Information

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Credit Report. Review a free credit report from the Federal Trade Commission before responding to personal finance questions.
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Address. Search for a former home or work's physical address using free online tools, such as Zillow and Google Maps.
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ZIP Codes. Find a ZIP-plus 4 for mailing address using the U.S. Postal Service's ZIP Code look-up services.
Area Codes. Research the latest U.S. area codes information by visiting the North American Numbering Plan Administration.
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Selective Service. Verify registration through the Selective Service Service website or call 847-688-6888.
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