• Project Title:
  • Personnel Security Clearances
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • April 2019

The U.S. Postal Service must maintain public trust and security of the mail as well as assure confidence in the reliability and integrity of its employees. To accomplish this, the Postal Service selects and retains qualified individuals who meet Postal Service security interests as well as the national security interests of the United States. 

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is responsible for all security clearance determinations and background investigations for USPS personnel. Background investigations help develop sufficient information about a person’s character and reputation to determine eligibility for appointment to, or suitability for retention in, a Postal Service career position. The type of security clearance granted depends on the sensitivity of the position held or job function.

The sensitive level of clearance within the Postal Service encompasses both national security and public trust positions. The focus of this audit is on national security positions. We will determine whether controls are in place to effectively manage the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s national security clearance processes and safeguard personally identifiable information.

  • How could the background investigation process be improved?
  • Do you believe background investigations are conducted in a timely manner?
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