Clarification on submission of Top Secret Periodic Reinvestigations

February 10, 2017

Effective February 10, 2017, DSS will implement the following change(s) to the January 6, 2017 guidance posted on, concerning Tier 5 Periodic Reinvestigations (T5 PR) caveat programs.

The following National Security e-QIPs will be submitted to the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) for scheduling by the Personnel Security Management Office for Industry (PSMO-I):

  1. New T5 PR e-QIPs for Special Access Programs (SAP) where the SAP policy, as of February 10, 2017, explicitly states a T5 PR is due every 5 years. (this will be considered a caveat program) Note: SCI is NOT considered an exception and should not be submitted to PSMO-I. Click here for the SAPCO guidance.
  2. Existing T5 PR e-QIPs (those in current DSS inventory).
  3. New and existing initial investigations T3 and T5 e-QIPs.
  4. New and existing T3 PR e-QIPs.

Please no longer submit RRUs for caveat T5 PRs. DSS will be processing the T5 PR inventory by oldest to newest prior to investigation package expiration. Also, the expiration date for e-QIPs in JPAS was increased from 90 days to 120 days. Therefore, e-QIPs will not expire until they reach negative 30 day (-30). DSS will be monitoring expiration dates on all e-QIPs.

For new T5 PR Caveat requests, please include the following in the "Special Handling Instructions":

  1. Statement indicating the e-QIP is in support of a caveat program (as identified in this new criteria)
  2. GCA contact information

As a reminder, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence signed a memorandum on December 7, 2016, reminding DoD components that personnel security clearances do not expire. Individuals with current eligibility in the System of Record should not be denied access based on a re-investigations passed its periodicity. When the System of Record shows current adverse information, but eligibility is still current, access may continue. The memorandum is provided here for ease or reference.