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Suitability Adjudication

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Dec 06 - Dec 08, 2017
08:30 - 16:00 , Wed-Fri
Washington , DC $1199 G
Jan 17 - Jan 19, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Wed-Fri
Washington , DC $1199 O
Feb 26 - Feb 28, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Mon-Wed
San Diego , CA $1199 O
Mar 06 - Mar 08, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
Washington , DC $1199 O
Apr 03 - Apr 05, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
Seattle , WA $1199 O
Apr 18 - Apr 20, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Wed-Fri
Washington , DC $1199 O
May 15 - May 17, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
Washington , DC $1199 O
Jun 05 - Jun 07, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
Atlanta , GA $1199 O
Jun 19 - Jun 21, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
Washington , DC $1199 O
Jul 10 - Jul 12, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
Washington , DC $1199 O
Aug 07 - Aug 09, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
Denver , CO $1199 O
Sep 05 - Sep 07, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Wed-Fri
Washington , DC $1199 O
Oct 17 - Oct 19, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Wed-Fri
Kansas City , MO $1199 O
Nov 13 - Nov 15, 2018
08:30 - 16:00 , Tue-Thu
Washington , DC $1199 O
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Course overview

Learn how to perform suitability screening and adjudication for Federal employment. Understand the statutory and regulatory requirements of Title 5 CFR, Part 731, and the criteria used to make suitability determinations. Apply the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) methodology for designating position risk and model for making suitability determinations. OPM originally developed this course and has approved its content..

COURSE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (No Exceptions)
To be admitted into this class, you must present:

  • a valid federal ID verifying you are a federal employee, or pre-approval from OPM; AND
  • a copy of OPM's Suitability Processing Handbook (dated September 2008).
You must obtain the Suitability Processing Handbook from your agency's Security Officer. Graduate School USA cannot provide the Handbook. If you have any questions, please email customersupport@graduateschool.edu prior to registration.

Who should attend?

Adjudicators who are authorized by their agencies to handle suitability case processing and adjudication as delegated by OPM under Title 5 CFR, Part 731. Non-federal employees desiring to take this course must obtain OPM approval prior to registering. Contact customersupport@graduateschool.edu to initiate the pre-approval process.

COURSE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (NO EXCEPTIONS)
To be admitted into this class, you must present:

  • a valid federal ID verifyingyou are a federal employee, or pre-approval from OPM; AND
  • a copy of OPM's Suitability Processing Handbook (dated September 2008).
You must obtain the Suitability Processing Handbook from your agency's Security Officer. Graduate School USA cannot provide the Handbook. If you have any questions, please email customersupport@graduateschool.edu prior to registration.

Learning outcomes

  • Designate the risk levels of positions within your agency
  • Review character and conduct against suitability standards from 5 CFR 731
  • Know what cases to refer to for suitability review and adjudication
  • Use guidelines to adjudicate basic suitability determinations
  • Know when to refer a case to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for debarment consideration or take your own suitability action
  • Recognize merit fraud
  • Understand OPM adjudications, how to refer cases to OPM for reopen, understand case transmittal forms and investigative file maintenance
  • Know how to take action in suitability cases

Course outline

Syllabus -- Suitability Adjudication, STAF8101D, Grad. School, USDA

Day one of three

  • Course overview
    • Governing regulations
    • Summary of responsibilities
  • Position risk definitions
    • Public trust risk levels
    • Investigative requirements
  • Suitability standards
    • Suitability defined
    • Suitability factors
  • Suitability screening/referral process
    • Suitability referral guidelines
    • Objection/passover requests

Day two of three

  • Suitability adjudication guidelines
    • Basic suitability
    • Position risk
    • Position performance
  • Processing non-investigated applicants
    • Reviewing the referral
    • Exploring resolution options
    • When and how to refer cases
  • Identifying merit fraud
    • Merit investigations
    • Bogus degrees
  • Processing OPM-Investigated applicants, appointees, and employees
    • Who adjudicates?
    • Reopen requests
    • Case closing transmittal

Day three of three

  • Taking action in suitability cases
    • Prohibitions
    • Notice
    • Letters
  • Suitability evidence and adjudication workshop
    • Precedent suitability cases
    • Probative value of hearsay evidence
  • Close-out and evaluation

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