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CHAPTER 6. SECURITY CERTIFICATIONS

1. National Security Information Clearances. Based upon the favorable review of the appropriate investigation, an adequate need-to-know justification by the supervisor for access, and the proper briefing regarding security obligations for classified information, the Security Management Office will issue a USGS National Security Information Clearance Certification, Figure 6-1, to the Regional Security Officer. If a reinvestigation has been conducted, the Security Management Office will issue a USGS National Security Information Clearance Recertification, Figure 6-2, to the Regional Security Officer. A copy of the certification will be maintained in the security file. The back of the certification has two sections. Section A will be completed by the Regional Security Officer who will forward a copy of the clearance certification to the official supervisor of record. When appropriate, the supervisor should initiate a personnel action to change the position sensitivity designation in the Federal Personnel Payroll System (FPPS) and the employee’s Official Personnel Folder. Section B will be used by the Regional Security Officer to notify the Security Management Office of any change in the status of the individual.

2. Department of Energy (DOE) “Q” and “L” Security Clearances. Upon notification from DOE, the Security Management Office will issue a USGS Notification of DOE “Q” or “L” Security Clearance Investigation Completion, Figure 6-3, to the Regional Security Officer. If a reinvestigation has been conducted, the Security Management Office will issue a USGS Notification of DOE “Q” or “L” Security Clearance Update Investigation Completion, Figure 6-4, to the Regional Security Officer. A copy of the notification will be maintained in the security file. The back of the notification has two sections. Section A will be completed by the Regional Security Officer who will forward a copy of the notification to the official supervisor of record. When appropriate, the supervisor should initiate a personnel action to change the position sensitivity designation in the Federal Personnel Payroll System (FPPS) and the employee’s Official Personnel Folder. Section B will be used by the Regional Security Officer to notify the Security Management Office of any change in the status of the individual.

3. Reemployed Annuitant and Scientist Emeritus Status. Security clearance certifications may be retained for individuals transferring into a retired reemployed annuitant or scientist emeritus status. A letter from the Regional Security Officer is required indicating the length of time the clearance is required. Individuals that have had a break between active service and reemployed annuitant or scientist emeritus status will be required to initiate a new request and submit an investigative forms package. The requirement for a background investigation is determined by the date of the last investigation and also the length of the break between active service and reemployed annuitant or scientist emeritus status (see Chapter 2.2.B.(1) and Chapter 2.2.B(3)).


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