Once an individual has been selected for a position, a background investigation is conducted to collect and evaluate information about the potential incumbent.
Depending on the sensitivity designation of the positions involved, different types of investigations are initiated. Usually, these investigations must be completed and adjudicated prior to assigning individuals to CS or NCS positions.
Depending on the type of investigation and the prospective employee’s personal history, the results of the investigation may delay reporting by several months. In some situations, waivers to the pre-appointment investigative requirements may be possible.
Sources of information for these investigations (and reinvestigations) might include:
- Current and former supervisors
- Private sources
- Other Government agencies
- Individuals occupying other sensitive positions
- Public media
- Activity records