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DEO 2005-01
Office of the Director
United States
Office of Personnel Management
Washington, DC 20415-1000


Dan G. Blair
Acting Director

Initiating Suitability Determinations
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As a follow-up to our discussion at the last Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council meeting, we are clarifying when agencies may initiate a suitability determination. Agencies are responsible for ensuring that applicants selected for positions are suitable for Federal employment. While it is more practical and cost effective to initiate a complete suitability/security investigation after an individual is selected and has accepted a job offer, agencies may choose to begin preliminary suitability/security determinations for all applicants at any time during the hiring process. For example, when filling law enforcement positions, agencies often initiate a preliminary suitability/security review at the time of application to ensure individuals do not have a criminal background or arrest record.

If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact Daniel Fusco, Group Manager, Recruiting, Examining, and Assessment by email at or by telephone (202) 606-0830. If you have any questions about the investigations process, please contact Jim Bley, Customer Services Group Manager, by email at or by telephone at (202) 606-1968.

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