Background Investigations Costs for FY 2021

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The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) took over the background investigation process from the National Background Investigations Bureau last October and has used the same billing rates for background investigations since fiscal year 2018, but there will be some modest changes starting in FY 2021. Here is the breakdown of current and future rates:…


Do we really believe security managers will have the time to review and assess the many many many real time problematic behaviors that will arise from continuous vetting/evaluation? or will it ultimately result in a mess of ongoing hot SPINS/RSI’s for investigators to deal with?

What exactly do those costs cover? Couldn’t seem to find an answer on that.

I say that these are not “costs” but “fees.” If we consider the old model of a background investigation involving the time and labor of several people over an extended period, those fees do not begin to cover the total cost of doing an investigation. But these are the rates that an agency (NOT a contractor’s employer) is charged.