Accession Number : ADA308505

Title :   SSBI Source Yield: An Examination of Sources Contacted During the SSBI.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE PERSONNEL SECURITY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Carney, Ralph M.

PDF Url : ADA308505

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : To meet the requirements of Executive Order 12968 to develop a common set of investigative standards for background investigations for access to classified information, the Personnel Security Committee (PSC) of the Security Policy Board (SPB) commissioned a study of the sources contacted during the Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). A team of personnel security adjudicators reviewed 1,101 cases at four agencies which routinely conduct the SSBI: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Defense (DoD), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and Office of Personnel Management (OPM). To ensure that the study examined only cases eligible for a full scope SSBI, case review focused on Subjects age 28 or older who had not received a prior investigation and who had issues in their background. Information was collected on the type of issue(s), the investigative source(s) which provided information about the issue(s), and the minimum length of time required to develop the issue(s). In 81% of the cases the Subject, through the Personnel Security Questionnaire (PSQ) and the subject interview, provided the issue information. This means that only 19% of the cases were developed from sources other than the Subject. The most productive standard interview sources were Ex-Spouse, Relative, Employment, and Developed and Listed reference interviews. The most productive record sources were Local Agency checks, Financial records and Employment records. Residence, Birth records (BVS), and Education records had very low productivity. The data indicated that 97.6% of all issue cases were developed within a 7-year scope. When the Subject did not disclose the issue, 86.6% of the issue information was captured within a 7-year scope.

Descriptors :   *SOURCES, *CONTRACTORS, *INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, *ACCESS, *BACKGROUND, *CLASSIFIED MATERIALS, *SECURITY PERSONNEL, *CLEARANCES, *INTERVIEWING, TIME INTERVALS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), SECURITY, DEMOGRAPHY, YIELD, DATA ACQUISITION, STANDARDS, PRODUCTIVITY, BEHAVIOR, CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, RECORDS, QUESTIONNAIRES, FINANCE, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), BIRTH.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE