DCSA Releases Revised Investigative Costs for Fiscal Year 2022/23

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The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) released a new Federal Investigative Notice (FIN) for revised pricing on investigative products and services for Fiscal Year 2022, which starts October 1, 2021. Notably, pricing for background investigation products for Tiers 1 through 5 were reduced by three percent compared to previously published FY 2022 rates. A…

And a contract Investigator with DCSA working for the two primes (SCIS and Peraton) that use contractors earn $200.00 for a Subject Interview while the vendors laugh their way to the bank for a T5. An SI, two employment references, employment record, LCR, and a neighbor might be worth $425.00 to pay a contractor. That’s a $4,985.00 profit. What a crock of crap. They don’t pay mileage/travel time. Don’t pay time to manifest cases. Don’t pay premiums.

And then they complain when we ask for a $50.00 Subject Contact reimbursement in order to get paid to obtain financial documentation.

The vendors need to get out of the business and allow the IC’s to directly contract with the government. Corruption at its finest.

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I’m full time but tried contract work for 2 years from 2006 to 2008. Becacuse of CE there are no easy cases which escalated the intensity of issues to 80% or 90% of all cases with NO easy case breaks. I cant imagine being a contractor with the difficult cases we now have. As full time employee mgt hasn’t 1 x cknowledged the fact there are no more easy cases because Prs are gone yet they have the same expectations they did when we had PRs. Not one word about it. That tells you what a bunch of swindling liars they are. I don’t need responses from anyone such as quit if you dont like it because I’m retiring next May unless I get laid off or fired which I hope happens.


As a F/T hourly, you make even less on a full T5 than a contract Investigator. An experienced F/T Investigator on average makes $27.00 per hour. I estimate the following averages and put these even on the high end of how many hours it would take to complete these tasks from start to finish including typing. An SI=6 hours; employment record=.75 hours, two employment references=2 hours, a neighbor=1 hour: and an LCR=1 hour. Briefing/scoping takes 1/2 hour. Total case time requires about 11.25 hours times $27.00 per hour=$303.75.

Let’s say the T5 requires a little more field work and requires an additional education record, two references, two additional employments each with with an employment record, supervisor, and co-worker. Add additional 3.5 hours for the extra field work. Now for 14.75 hours at $27.00 per hour, your time is billed as $398.25 as an hourly employee. The vendor still walks away with at least $4,500 on the T5 even after paying the first and second level reviewer and the pre-scoping and other record entities covering items on a case.

The independent contractor would only make $800 or double the hourly given the same circumstances I just described.

Like I said laughing all of the way to the bank for the vendor at the expense of the Investigator! :joy::rofl::joy::rofl::joy::rofl::joy::rofl:

Investigators need a Union or direct federal contracting to remove the middle man!

Many full timers actually make more than that.

I know the salary ranges and it ain’t much more than $32.50 per hour for any DCSA vendor. That’s the pinnacle.

That’s why I took the average pay for an experienced DCSA F/T hourly working for a contract vendor.