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Investigative Reciprocity

Reciprocity is the act of accepting the favorable adjudication of an individual’s current or prior—generally no more than seven years old—background investigation conducted by an authorized investigative agency, from which national security eligibility was favorably adjudicated by a former department or agency. The current or future department or agency employer may accept that investigation’s adjudication if no new information of adjudicative relevance has been reported, developed, or become known to agency officials since the last investigation that indicates the individual may no longer satisfy adjudicative requirements.



Security Executive Agency Directive 7: Reciprocity of Background Investigations and National Security Adjudications (November 9, 2018, from the Office of the Director for National Intelligence)