PAE, Inc Personnel Security Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Personnel Security Specialist

Personnel Security Specialist (PSS)

Job Description

The Personnel Security Specialist determines the suitability of individuals for entry and retention in sensitive and non-sensitive positions under 5 Code Federal Regulations 731.


  • Assess the loyalty, reliability, suitability and trustworthiness of applicants for Federal contractor positions.

  • Reviews, evaluates and adjudicates reports of investigation, personnel files and other records to determine whether to grant, deny, revoke, suspend or restrict building access consistent with suitability guidelines.

  • Assists in and initiates background investigations.

  • Conducts fingerprinting procedures; initiates contact with personal references, employers of applicants, and appointees for use in pre-employment suitability inquiries.

  • Verifies the appropriate level of background investigation being requested, and ensures all documents required for suitability processing have been completed and included in the individual files.

  • Receives telephone calls and greets visitors to the office.

  • Prepares, submits, monitors, and updates computer tracking systems concerning appropriate case material.

  • Serves as a source of reference and guidance for staff members regarding the monitoring and maintenance of case-material.

  • Position hours are from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Minimum Qualifications

  • United States Citizenship

  • Bachelor’s Degree and three years of experience in Personnel Security.

  • Familiarity with e-QIP, PIPS/JPAS, NCIC/NLETS and OPM Investigative products.

  • Experience in the application of 5CFR731 suitability guidelines.

  • Ability to obtain and or maintain a government issued suitability investigation.

  • Excellent reading comprehension, writing and communication skills

  • Experience in responding to requests for information and searching automated systems for data

  • Ability to apply highly technical knowledge in solving complex problems and applies law, regulation, policy and procedures to the personnel security program.

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Programs

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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