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NPR 1600.3A
Effective Date: August 03, 2020
Expiration Date: August 03, 2025
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Subject: Personnel Security

Responsible Office: Office of Protective Services

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P.1 Purpose

a. This directive describes the Agency-wide personnel security program implementation requirements set forth in NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 1600.2, NASA Security Policy, as amended.

b. This directive prescribes personnel security program responsibilities and procedural requirements for personnel security investigations, determinations of eligibility for access to Classified National Security Information (CNSI) and to hold a sensitive position, continuous evaluation, contractor fitness, adjudication, and appeals of NASA Federal and contractor employees.

P.2 Applicability

a. This directive is applicable to NASA Headquarters and all NASA Centers, including Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers. This directive applies to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) (a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)), other contractors, recipients of grants, cooperative agreements, or other agreements only to the extent specified or referenced in the applicable contracts, grants, or agreements.

b. This directive is applicable to all NASA civil service employees, NASA contractor employees, personnel completing work through Space Act Agreements, those assigned or detailed under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, partners, recipients of grants and cooperative agreements or other agreements, and visitors.

c. In this directive, all mandatory actions (i.e., requirements) are denoted by statements containing the term “shall.” The terms: “may” or “can” denote discretionary privilege or permission, “should” denotes a good practice and is recommended, but not required, “will” denotes expected outcome, and “are/is” denotes descriptive materials.

d. In this directive, all document citations are assumed to be the latest version unless otherwise noted.

P.3 Authority

Security Requirements, 51 United States Code (U.S.C.) § 20132.

P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms

a. Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552.

b. Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a.

c. Violation of Regulations of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 18 U.S.C. § 799.

d. Equal Employment Opportunity, E.O. 11246, 3 CFR 1964-1965 (1965).

e. National Industrial Security Program, E.O. 12829, 3 CFR 1993 Comp. (1993).

f. Access to Classified Information, E.O. 12968, 3 CFR 1995 Comp. (1995).

g. Suitability, 5 CFR pt. 731.

h. NPD 1600.2, NASA Security Policy.

i. NPR 1441.1, NASA Records Management Program Requirements.

j. NPR 1600.2, NASA Classified National Security Information (CNSI).

k. NPR 1600.4, Identity and Credential Management.

l. NPR 3730.1, NASA Suitability Program.

m. Department of Defense (DOD) Manual 5220.22, Volume (Vol.) 2, National Industrial Security Program: Industrial Security Procedures for Government Activities (August 1, 2018).

n. Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 19, Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information (October 10, 2012).

o. Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 4, National Adjudicative Guidelines (June 8, 2017).

P.5 Measurement/Verification

a. Compliance with this NPR will be accomplished by Agency-wide application of uniform suitability, eligibility, contractor fitness, and adjudication procedures that foster reciprocity, reduce duplication efforts, and ensure consistent quality standards for adjudication procedures. Measurement of compliance will rely upon objective and modern analytic methods rather than practices that avoid risk.

b. Reviews of personnel security program policies and procedures will be conducted in accordance with NPR 1600.1 for Functional Review of Centers.

c. The Office of Protective Services (OPS) audits, conducts Functional Reviews of the Centers, and conducts spot-checks and inspections to review Center compliance and implementation of this NPR. OPS audits/reviews are conducted at least every three years or sooner, as required, to determine compliance with this NPR. The findings of the audits/reviews are provided to the applicable Center Director for resolution no later than 30 days from the completion of the reviews/audits.

P.6 Cancellation

NPR 1600.3, Personnel Security, dated April 29, 2013.

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