Fundamentals of Conducting a Personnel Security Interview (STAF8203)

Fundamentals of Conducting a Personnel Security Interview

Fundamentals of Conducting a Personnel Security Interview


Gain a general overview of the skill set required for conducting interviews for personnel security purposes. Designed for government and private industry personnel whose duties require conducting interviews of persons being considered for a position of trust or for access to classified information, this course informs you of the process of conducting personnel security interviews and reporting the results of those interviews. The main emphasis is on conducting subject interviews both for screening purposes and to resolve a known or developed issue. Learn adjudicative criteria in terms of development of all information necessary to resolve an issue.

Who Should Attend?

Employees of federal, state, and local government agencies, contractors, or employees of private companies with personnel assigned to perform personnel security interview functions.




1.2 CEU's

Class Type:

This course is currently being offered in the following training modalities:

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this course, participants will have the skills required for conducting federal government personnel security interviews for the purpose of preemployment screening, adjudicating reinvestigations.
  • To resolve known or developed applicant and employee issues.

  • The participant will also gain insight on how to take the necessary steps in reporting the results of those interviews to OPM when required.

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  • Module 1: Conducting the Interview
    • The Importance of Objectivity
    • Preparing for the Interview
    • The Interview
    • Illegal Interview Questions
    • Interview Worksheet
    • Interview Report
  • Module 2: Suitability and National Security Adjudication
    • Adjudicator Responsibilities
    • Suitability vs. Security
    • Suitability Factors [5CFR 731.202 (b)] Effective September 2008
    • Additional Considerations [5CFR 731.202 (C)]
    • Issue Characterization
    • Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information Revised December 29, 2005
  • Module 3: Issue Expansion
    • Issue Expansion Criteria
    • Screening Interview Phases
    • Screening Interview Expansion
  • Module 4: Legal Issues
    • Privacy Act Statement for Personnel Security Interviews (Privacy Act of 1974 – P.L. 93-579)
    • The Conduct of Personnel Security Interviews Title 18 U.S. Code Advisement Form
  • Module 5: Words of Caution
    • Probative Value of Hearsay Evidence
    • “Evasion vs. Deception”

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