Aug 15, 2019

Personnel Security Specialist - Grade 3 Washington D.C, District of Columbia

  • Armada Ltd.
  • Washington D.C, District of Columbia
Full-Time Defense Government Law Enforcement & Security Other Strategy - Planning

Job Description

Type: Full Time

Location(s): Washington, D.C.

Reports To: ARMADA HQ

Security Clearance Required: Active Top Secret 


 The PSS – Grade 3 functional responsibilities include the following but are not limited to:

  • Perform all duties associated with Grade 2 as necessary.
  • With minimum direction, provides supporting research and analysis into complex problems and processes.
  • Serves as expert on project teams.
  • Critical thinking and analysis utilized for completion of written documentation and oral presentations.
  • Applies extensive experience and full knowledge of security disciples.
  • Review and analyze requests for investigations concerning security clearances, reciprocity, requirements, violations, and assessments. Subjects of the investigations range from on-board employees, contract / access applicants and other personnel requiring security clearances or access to FBI facilities.
  • Review and analyze various FBI investigative files and related material to determine and extract all possible identifying information, matching records, questionable or overlapping elements and other areas of investigative consideration, which could have a bearing on an individual's reliability, trustworthiness, and loyalty.
  • Examine and analyze material to determine any deliberate misrepresentation of facts, criminal or immoral conduct, any signs of mentally disabling illness, sympathetic association with hostile intelligence individuals / organizations and facts or fragments of information which furnish reason to sustain suspicion that the subject may be a possible security risk.
  • Conduct Personnel Security Interviews (PSIs) as determined during the course of the security investigation, in conjunction with information developed or per the request of FBI HQ. 
  • Prepare a detailed analysis of all information developed, supporting analysis and recommendations to initiate further investigation, and any additional security concerns and recommendations based on this information, which would include remedial or precautionary action to meet minimum security standards. Ensure that all relevant information and justification is developed and properly considered in accordance with security policies and FBI regulations.
  • Conduct security briefings which include Security Awareness and Hostile Threat. Revise security briefings based on the specific issues developed and security requirements.
  • Assist in conducting preliminary and final reviews of statements of personal history and related data prior to the initiation of background investigation procedures.
  • Conduct background investigations of individuals who would occupy positions where a determination of suitability for employment or access to classified information is required.
  • Prepare reports on investigations resulting from interviews conducted during background investigations.
  • Draft summary sheets on the results of investigations for all assigned cases. In case of derogatory information, draft a detailed evaluation of the adverse information.
  • When information is insufficient to make a recommendation regarding the disposition of the case, draft a list of recommended questions for lines of inquiry for follow on investigations.
  • Assist in making recommendations for adjudication of personal background investigations for employment with the FBI and/or issuance of a security clearance.
  • Work assignments include but are not limited to:
    • review Personnel Security Questionnaires (SF-86 and SF-85P)
    • overify information submitted on applications
    • contact subjects via approved methods to complete information on background investigation forms
    • input data from MAC applications
    • retrieve data from credit FBIs, request Local Agency Checks, review reports to determine criminal record, traffic violation, etc.
  • Prepare reports on investigations resulting from interviews conducted during the background investigations.
  • Draft summary sheets on the results of investigations for all assigned cases.
  • Prioritize assignments and create schedules to meet deadlines.
  • Use advanced interview skills to work with subjects to gather more in-depth details relating to their backgrounds.
  • Conduct peer reviews as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) 

  • Experience with various Government Law Enforcement and community IT systems for conduction automated record checks. Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Be a team-oriented individual with the ability to handle multiple, high priority projects with a keen attention to detail.
  • Be a motivated self-starter with the ability to perform duties and meet deadlines independently with little or no supervision.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience to conduct established federal government standards for investigations, background investigations, and security investigations relating to suitability and security standards.
  • Processing security clearance and background investigations documentation in preparation for adjudication.
  • Knowledge of DOJ and FBI regulations regarding the personnel security process.
  • Experience conducting interviews and security briefings, discussing analysis and opinion in a concise, logical and objective manner, and preparing written communications setting forth analyses and recommendations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the indices systems, various record check systems, and file review processes in order to develop and extract the most complete and accurate information relative to the subject as possible.
  • Prepare documentation for Government agencies and customers. 

Minimum General Experience/Education: 

  • Meet all Grade 2 experience requirements.
  • Five (5) years of experience in the personnel security investigative or investigative analyst field.
  • Experience in interpreting Governmental and commercial database checks to identify areas of concern during the investigative process.
  • Experience analyzing investigative reports and other sources of information to identify security vulnerabilities; to develop investigative leads; to propose a recommendation as to the approval, denial, or revocation of eligibility for access to national security information based on the application of the appropriate adjudicative standards.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field of study.
  • Experience conducting and interpreting database checks and credit reports.
  • Experience performing routine office administrative support functions.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability to critically review and analyze various types of incoming material and investigative reports to discern potential security vulnerabilities and to identify viable investigative leads.
  • Current Top Secret (TS) security clearance and must be capable of obtaining Sensitive Compartmentalize Information (SCI) access that includes a requirement to pass a security polygraph exam. 
  • Prior experience in security management.
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience developing and writing Reports of Investigation that form basis for creation of investigative and/or adjudication record.
  • Proficient in personal computing (e.g., Outlook, Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), database management, communication packages, etc.).
  • Use of internet to conduct research and / or open source checks in aid of investigations.
  • Experience performing multiple administrative tasks dealing with databases queries, filing, processing mail and performing audits.


Disclaimer: The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work to be performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of the Personnel Security Specialist (PSS) - 3 assigned to this position.

Applying: If you feel you have the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position visit our careers page at

Special Notes: Relocation support is not available for this job. 

ARMADA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. ARMADA complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, Termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


General-Other: Security-Protective Services,   Security Intelligence & Analysis  



Security Clearance

Active Top Secret

Apply Now