Adjudicative Guidelines

A personnel security investigation is an inquiry into an individual’s loyalty, character, trustworthiness, and reliability to ensure that he or she is eligible to access classified information or occupy a position of trust. Any doubt concerning personnel being considered for access to classified information/eligibility to perform sensitive duties is resolved in favor of the national security.

The 13 Adjudicative Guidelines for determining eligibility to perform sensitive duties:
  • Allegiance to the U.S.
  • Foreign influence.
  • Foreign preference.
  • Sexual behavior.
  • Personal conduct.
  • Financial considerations.
  • Alcohol consumption.
  • Drug involvement.
  • Psychological conditions.
  • Criminal conduct.
  • Handling protected information.
  • Outside activities.
  • Use of information technology systems.
The 13 Adjudicative Guidelines are also used in evaluating the impact of a potentially derogatory event.
In addition, the Adjudication Facility may take into account other factors:
  • The nature, extent, and seriousness of the circumstances.
  • The fact that reporting was voluntary.
  • Truthfulness and completeness in responding to questions.
  • The fact that the employee sought help and followed professional guidance.
  • Whether positive changes in behavior were demonstrated.
Visit the Personnel Security Appeals Board (PSAB) website for more information about Adjudicative Guidelines.
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