Obtaining A Copy Of Background Investigation Records Held By The Office Of Personnel Management (OPM)

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Investigative Services (OPM-FIS) conducts background investigations on Federal applicants, employees, military members, and contractor personnel, for suitability and security purposes at the request of another Federal Agency. These records are maintained in a Privacy Act System of Records. OPM background investigations are maintained in the OPM Personnel Investigations Records Systems.

To request a copy of your own background investigation you should submit a request to the FIS FOI/PA Office. You may use form INV-100 (Freedom of Information, Privacy Act Record Request Form), or submit a handwritten request. Form INV-100 is specific to OMP-FIS and was created by the FIS FOI/PA Office, to streamline the process of requesting background investigations records in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and/or Privacy Act. OPM encourages the utilization of Form INV-100.

If a handwritten request is prepared, the following information must be provided in the request: (1), Full name; (2), Date of Birth; (3), Place of Birth; (4), Social Security Number; (5), Mailing address, or e-mail address (if material is to be sent electronically); (6), Handwritten signature; (7), Statement that the request is for a copy of your background investigation records; and (8), Unsworn declaration, in full text, as follows – “I declare under the penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct, and I am the person about whom I am requesting records. I understand that any falsification of this statement is punishable under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. §1001 by a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or by imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both, and that requesting or obtaining any record(s) under false pretenses is punishable under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. § 552a(i)(3) by a fine of not more than $5,000.00.” In addition, photocopies of two different identity source documents, must be submitted with the request.

Submit the request via (1), Mail: FOI/PA Office, OPM-FIS, Post Office Box 618, 1137 Branchton Road, Boyers, Pennsylvania 16018-0618; or (2), Fax: (724) 794-4590; or (3), E-mail: FISFOIPARequests@opm.gov (requests should be sent as scanned attachments to an e-mail; however, ensure the security of your e-mail system is adequate for transmitting sensitive information before choosing to transmit the request, due to the personal identification information contained therein (i.e., full name, social security number, date of birth).

For more information, go to: www.opm.gov.

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