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Personnel Security Specialist II

Job ID R778
Job Location Washington, DC
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

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The Personnel Security Specialist II provides administrative and technical support to personnel security operations in compliance with security programs, policies, and requirements. This position provides personnel security with an emphasis on administering personnel security program duties in the areas of position risk designation and sensitivity levels, fingerprint review, completion of initial investigation or reinvestigation requirements, investigative case review and adjudication, and processing of personnel separations.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.

Acts as a technical expert on personnel security matters. Escalates personnel security issues as necessary.

Manages procedures for major aspects of the personnel security program, such as position sensitivity and risk designation, fingerprint review, completion of initial investigation or reinvestigation requirements, investigative case review and adjudication, and processing of personnel separations.

Manages administration of the position risk designation program.

Preforms timely reviews of fingerprint results. Assesses results with records, considers complex mitigating circumstances and provides recommendations for applicant prescreening determinations.

Initiates, tracks, and troubleshoots complex issues for initial investigations and periodic reinvestigations using the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) system. Reviews and evaluates the adequacy of data collected, collects and uploads investigative forms (as needed), ensures timeliness and thorough completion, and releases for investigative processing. Corrects cases returned unacceptable by OPM.

Analyzes and evaluates reports of investigations, identifying and gathering pertinent information in support of proposed personnel security and suitability actions and decisions. Evaluates derogatory information and provides an adjudicative decision.

Responsible for the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) process including sponsorship, processing card actions, and supporting PIV card troubleshooting.

Maintains personnel security case records. Inputs and tracks information in security systems.

Responds to customer inquiries via e-mail, phone, and in person.

Analyzes procedures for security risks and offers recommendations for security process improvement.

Prepares clear, comprehensive and cohesive reports and statistical data in a timely manner.

Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company and Federal Customer.

Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. 

Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers and maintain a professional office appearance.  Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources.  Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.


Bachelors’ Degree or Associate's degree and a minimum of five (5) years' Personnel Security experience, or equivalent combination of education / experience. Experienced in security concepts, principles, and practices to review and analyze security problems. Sufficient experience in making suitability determinations and interpreting and adhering to adjudication guidance, policies, and/or regulations. Experience using electronic security systems in order to develop and administer a personnel security program.


Essentials of Suitability Adjudication Program or Fundamentals of Suitability for Suitability and Fitness Adjudicators


In-depth knowledge of standard Federal concepts, policies, and personnel security and suitability regulations

Experience reviewing and adjudicating initial and periodic reinvestigations (Public Trust preferred)

Applied knowledge of OPM personnel security systems including the Central Verification System (CVS), Position Designation Tool (PDT), and e-QIP

Ability to review, independently analyze, and resolve difficult and complex security problems

Experience safeguarding and communicating sensitive security information both orally and in writing 

Above-average proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications to include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook

Possess strong English grammatical skills

Skilled in written, verbal, organizational, and interpersonal communications

A self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines and provide quality service in a team environment

Ability to be detail-oriented, organized, and responsible

Flexibility to adapt to new challenges with the ability to perform in a fast paced environment

Ability to work collaboratively as a team as well as independently


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to apply critical thinking to analyze complex problems, conduct independent research, filter and synthesize data, and summarize and report findings.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as policies, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to communicate clearly in verbal and written form. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Must be able to talk and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. May be required to lift, push or pull 50 pounds or more using cart or hand truck. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. May work near moving or mechanical parts. May have exposure to chemicals, fumes, warehouse environment or adverse weather conditions. May be required to use safety and personal protective equipment.


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