Effective today all Security Clearances moved from DOD to OPM


How will this affect adjudication for civilian feds? Will the DoD be doing public trust and security clearance determinations for all of the agencies now? Mine had the OPM/NBIB do the investigations but adjudicated case files internally.


I wonder what this means for those of us with very recent eqips done. Will NBIB still be doing the investigations or will they hold then and wait until June to give them to the new agency?


That’s exactly what I am trying to illustrate, what is the governance for this lift and shift, I cannot be as easy as the they claim. I will bet your paycheck that it will be a disaster and cause further delays. We have hundreds of re investigations going on at treasury that just started in February, I can guarantee that if these are sitting at OPM on someones desk and the work will move over in June, they are not being worked.


I have been involved in transition meetings for the past year. To minimize the delays, all NBIB staff and facilities are being transitioned over to DoD. This should keep the case work moving without huge delays.


We are starting to see a lot of background investigation interviews being conducted over the phone as apposed to in person. Some investigators are telling my clients that they qualified for a phone interview as opposed to a in person interview. Do you have any insight on why this may be occurring? What does it mean to qualify for a phone interview?


This is to reduce the backlog. Rather than wait for the case to be scheduled to the field, certain case types can be done over the phone by an available investigator to expedite it.


Certain case types? What criteria do they have to meet because we are seeing a ton of these with no common denominators.


Generally, these case types also don’t mandate a candidate interview at all, unless their is an issue or some clarification needed on the responses in questionnaire.


Used to be, any interview at all for Secret was very unusual. Then it became much more common and I think they wanted to require it for all cases (not sure what Tier). I guess they have realized what that really means.


Good catch. BI and security clearance mission is being transferred entirely from OPM-NBIB to DoD-DCSA (pending approval of new name); not the other way around as OP’s title and post suggest.


To qualify for a phone interview opposed to an in person interview means there are no issues or very minor issues or things that need to be clarified. When you do not qualify for a phone interview that just means whatever issue is present is not allowed to be discussed over the phone or skype.

As far as interviews for Secret… the only time an interview is initiated is if there is an issue present that requires more information.


Hi, where are you getting this information from? We have people with serious financial issues that are doing phone interviews, can you please list your sources?


I am a BI. Its also not what you consider serious. It is what the company considers serious. They are the ones who make the determination based on guidelines they were given.


Seems like it is more common these days… does it depend on the Tier? Can certain customers require interviews?


Well Tier 3 is for Secret so anytime an issue arises then it requires an interview.

I’m not sure if the customer can require interviews for certain case types. I would assume that to be true. I work on the OPM contract. I know for the DHS contract there is additional training one must attend which is to learn the requirements.


Well then according to what your stating, the Department of Treasury does not seem too interested in delinquent debts. Case in point, a client of mine with serious delinquent debts had her interview via phone and she still had to provide mitigating circumstances with proof that she is taking care of the debts from all of her creditors. I worked with her to gather all of this information and had it ready for the BI. I think that the only reason for phone interviews is to reduce backlog, however your a BI and I am not.


Is it possible that in-person interviews are more common in some areas than others? My BI made it apparent that different areas/districts have significantly different backlogs. I think in-person interviews will always be preferred for clarifying issues, but in the event of significant backlogs in an area, I could imagine them being a bit more lenient.


The telephone interviews are allowed to be conducted for issues that are more common or easy to do by telephone. This was allowed to help expedite cases that are normally easy to close but require an interview.

Your option is to decline the telephone interview and…wait. The telephone interviews I have completed are normally for common issues and the Subject’s are in uncommon locations. Yes, I’ve had Subject’s and/or security managers tell me no, do it in person. Just be prepared to wait if you are in a dense work area or a very sparse work area.


I can say my situation was a little weird. I had a phone interview and my BI was in Arizona. I’m In Hampton roads Virginia


not so weird. Arizona is probably caught up with the local work load and helping VA.

My area is up to date and I am on the road again myself.