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Single-Scope Background Investigation
- Periodic Reinvestigation (SSBI-PR)

STANDARD C

15. Applicability. Standard C applies to reinvestigations for (a) access to TOP SECRET (including TOP SECRET Special Access Programs) and Sensitive Compartmented Information; and

            (b) "Q" access authorizations.

16. When to Reinvestigate. The reinvestigation may be initiated at any time following completion of, but not later than five years from the date of, the previous investigation (see Table 2).

17. Reinvestigation Requirements. Reinvestigation requirements are as follows:

            (a) Completion of Forms: Completion of Standard Form 86, including applicable releases and supporting documentation.

            (b) National Agency Check: Completion of a National Agency Check (fingerprint cards are required only if there has not been a previous valid technical check of the FBI).

            (c) National Agency Check for the Spouse or Cohabitant (if applicable): Completion of a National Agency Check, without fingerprint cards, for the spouse or cohabitant. The National Agency Check for the spouse or cohabitant is not required if already completed in conjunction with a previous investigation or reinvestigation.

            (d) Employment: Verification of all employments since the last investigation. Attempts to interview a sufficient number of sources (supervisors, coworkers, or both) at all employments of six months or more. For military members, all service within one branch of the armed forces will be considered as one employment, regardless of assignments.

            (e) References: Interviews with two character references who are knowledgeable of the subject; at least one will be a developed reference. To the extent practical, both should have social knowledge of the subject and collectively span the entire period of the reinvestigation. As appropriate, additional interviews may be conducted, including with cohabitants and relatives.

            (f) Neighborhoods: Interviews of two neighbors in the vicinity of the subject's most recent residence of six months or more. Confirmation of current residence regardless of length.

            (g)(e) Financial Review: (1) Financial Status: Verification of the subject's financial status, including credit bureau checks covering all locations where subject has resided, been employed, and/or attended school for six months or more for the period covered by the reinvestigation;

(2) Check of Treasury's Financial Data Base: Agencies may request the Department of the Treasury, under terms and conditions prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, to search automated data bases consisting of reports of currency transactions by financial institutions, international transportation of currency or monetary instruments, foreign bank and financial accounts, and transactions under $10,000 that are reported as possible money laundering violations.

            (h)(f) Local Agency Checks: A check of appropriate criminal history records covering all locations where, during the period covered by the reinvestigation, the subject has resided, been employed, and/or attended school for six months or more, including current residence regardless of duration. (NOTE: If no residence, employment or education exceeds six months, local agency checks should be performed as deemed appropriate.)

            (i)(g) Former Spouse: An interview with any former spouse unless the divorce took place before the date of the last investigation or reinvestigation.

            (j)(h) Public Records: Verification of divorces, bankruptcies and other court actions, whether civil or criminal, involving the subject since the date of the last investigation.

            (k)(i) Subject Interview: A subject interview, conducted by trained security, investigative, or counterintelligence personnel. During the reinvestigation, additional subject interviews may be conducted to collect relevant information, to resolve significant inconsistencies, or both. Sworn statements and unsworn declarations may be taken whenever appropriate.

            (j) References: Interviews with two character references who are knowledgeable of the subject; at least one will be a developed reference. To the extent practical, both should have social knowledge of the subject and collectively span the entire period of the reinvestigation. As appropriate, additional interviews may be conducted, including with cohabitants and relatives.

            (k) Neighborhoods: Interviews of two neighbors in the vicinity of the subject's most recent residence of six months or more. Confirmation of current residence regardless of length.

18. Expanding the Reinvestigation. The reinvestigation may be expanded as necessary. As appropriate, interviews with anyone able to provide information or to resolve issues, including but not limited to cohabitants, relatives, psychiatrists, psychologists, other medical professionals, and law enforcement professionals may be conducted.

19. Phased Periodic Reinvestigation. Government departments and agencies may, in their discretion, exclude requirements (j) and (k) above from the reinvestigation when no information of security concern is developed by the investigative source listed in (a) through (i). If information of security concern is yielded by these sources, the requirements of (j) and (k) must be met as well as the expansion requirements of paragraph 18.

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