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NPR 3730.1A
Effective Date: June 13, 2018
Expiration Date: December 13, 2028
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Subject: NASA Suitability Program (Updated with Change 2)

Responsible Office: Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer

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P.1 Purpose

a. This directive supplements Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulations and guidance, establishes procedural requirements, and assigns responsibilities for the administration of the Agency's suitability and fitness programs.

b. Suitability and fitness determinations are based on an examination of the individual's character and conduct for appointment or continued employment with the Federal Government.

P.2 Applicability

a. This directive is applicable at NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers.

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

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 material.

P.3 Authority

a. Suitability, 5 CFR pt. 731.

b. NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 1600.2, NASA Security Policy.

P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms

a. Information and Testimony, 5 CFR § 5.4.

b. Career and Career-Conditional Employment, 5 CFR pt. 315.

c. Timing of Background Investigations, 5 CFR pt. 330, subpt. M.

d. Removal from the Senior Executive Service: Guaranteed Placement In Other Personnel Systems, 5 CFR pt. 359.

e. Suitability, 5 CFR pt. 731.

f. Agency Suitability Action Procedures, 5 CFR pt. 731 subpt. D.

g. Definitions, 5 CFR § 731.101(b).

h. Appointments Subject to Investigation, 5 CFR § 731.104.

i. Criteria for Making Suitability Determinations, 5 CFR § 731.202.

j. Reporting Requirements, 5 CFR § 731.206.

k. National Security Positions, 5 CFR pt. 732.

l. Adverse Actions, 5 CFR pt. 752.

m. NPD 3511.1, Classification, Position Management, and Promotions.

n. Declaration for Federal Employment, Optional Form (OF) 306.

P.5 Measurement/Verification

The Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and the Human Resources (HR) Director, NSSC are responsible for conducting periodic assessments of the suitability and fitness program to ensure program compliance, efficiency, and effectiveness.

P.6 Cancellation

NPR 3730.1, NASA Suitability Program, dated June 4, 2012.

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