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Office of Operations, Security, and Preparedness

Security and Investigations Center

  

Walter D. Dodd

Acting Director

Welcome to the Security and Investigations Center internet site.  The focus of this site is to provide information regarding the services and products provided by the Security and Investigations Center (SIC), as well as provide background investigation related documents and forms for:

  • Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs 

  • Employees of Contractors providing services for the Department of Veterans Affairs 

OUR MISSION

 

The Mission of the Security and Investigations Center (SIC) is to process and adjudicate the background investigations for all moderate risk and high risk public trust and national security positions for federal employees within the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as all level of investigations for contractors performing jobs and functions for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

About the Security and Investigations Center (SIC)

SIC's Line of Business

 

SIC's Management Team

Forms and Documents

Please note:  This site does not provide resources or information for individuals seeking employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Federal Government.  Individuals seeking employment with the Federal Government may wish to go to the United States Office of Personnel Management's one-stop source for Federal jobs: 

http://www.usajobs.gov

 

The Security and Investigations Center is also unable to respond to requests from individuals regarding the status of a background investigation (completed or pending).  VA employees should contact their servicing Human Resources Office and Contract employees should contact their Contractor-Employer for the status of a background investigation.

    

    About the Security and Investigations Center (SIC)

 

The SIC operates as one of the business segments of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Franchise Fund, which is comprised of six self-supporting lines of business (Enterprise Centers) and an administrative office (Franchise and Trust Fund Oversight Office).  Under the authority of the Government Management Reform Act of 1994 and Public Law 109-114, VA Franchise Fund Enterprise Centers (ECs) are authorized to sell common administrative support services to VA and other Government Agencies on a fee-for-service basis and operate entirely on revenues earned from customers.  The collections from customers for products or services provided constitute SIC’s funding source.  ECs receive no federally appropriated funding. Activities conducted by the ECs are approved and reviewed by the Franchise Fund Board of Directors.  Board members are comprised of officials from the Office of Management; Office of Information and Technology; Office of Operations, Security, and Preparedness (OSP); and General Counsel, in addition to the Chief Financial Officers from the three VA Administrations.  The Office of Personnel Security and Identity Management, under the direction of OSP, provides oversight to the SIC. 

 

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    SIC's Line of Business

SIC’s primary line of business is to identify security risks through investigation and adjudication so that SIC’s staff is able to advise their customers of the proper course of action necessary.  Services include preliminary reviews, investigation in partnership with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and final security and suitibility determinations. The costs of services provided by SIC vary depending upon the scope of the investigation, the nature of the position, and whether or not the investigation is for a contractor or an employee.

 

 

 

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    SIC's Management Team

  

The daily execution of the program is the responsibility of the Director and Deputy Director of the VA Security and Investigations Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Management oversight of the SIC is the responsibility of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Personnel Security and Identity Management.  The overall guidance and direction comes from the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Operations, Security, and Preparedness (OSP).

As a Franchise Fund entity, SIC also reports to the Franchise Fund Board of Directors.  Significant Board responsibilities include review and approval of the addition and/or deletion of Enterprise Centers, annual budgets, rates, capital projects and charter revisions.

In addition, SIC works closely with the Franchise and Trust Fund Oversight Office.  They provide support by directing, reviewing and analyzing budget formulations, managing overall financial and business planning, and ensuring the SIC keeps informed of current trends, policies, and legislation that could ultimately impact their center.

 

 

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Forms and Documents

Security and Employment Forms

Description of Form

Standard Form 85    Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions
Standard Form 85P    Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions
Standard Form 85P-S (EG)    Supplemental Questionnaire for Selected Positions
Standard Form 86A (EG)    Continuation Sheet for SF85, SF85P, & SF86
OPM Optional Form 306    Declaration for Federal Employment
OPM Optional Form 612    Optional Application for Federal Employment
VA Form 0710    Authorization for Release of Information

Filled In Sample Forms

 Description of Form

Standard Form 85 - Sample    Filled In Sample
Standard Form 85P - Sample    Filled In Sample
Standard Form 85P-S (EG) - Sample    Filled In Sample
OPM Optional Form 306 - Sample    Filled In Sample
VA Form 0710 - Sample    Filled In Sample

Other Useful Documents

Description of Document

Common Errors on Security Questionnaires    Rejection Errors that are Common
FAQ OPM Background Investigations    General Questions and Answers
DVA Memorandum - Electronic Fingerprinting    DVA Memo, Subject:  Electronic Fingerprinting

 

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