Position Sensitivity

Certain civilian positions within the Army entail sensitive duties including access to classified information. Misconduct, illegal action or even inaction on the part of an employee in a designated sensitive position could directly compromise the national security. In the interests of national security, care must be exercised in selecting individuals to fill sensitive positions.

There are four types of sensitivity designations:

  1. Nonsensitive - All other positions not identified below. Requires National Agency Check investigation.
  2. Noncritical Sensitive - Position involves access to CONFIDENTIAL or SECRET information, IT-II/CAT II ADP duties, duties in chemical/biological PRP. Requires an advanced National Agency Check with inquiries/National Agency Check with local and credit check investigation.
  3. Critical Sensitive - Position involves access to TOP SECRET information, IT-I/CAT I ADP duties, or requires enrollment in Nuclear PRP programs. Requires a single scope background investigation (SSBI).
  4. Special Sensitive - Position involves sensitive information related to National Security, intelligence, or strategic technologies requiring access to TOP SECRET/SENSITIVE COMPARTMENTED information (SCI). Requires a single scope background investigation (SSBI).

Position sensitivity determines the type of security investigation required before individuals can be assigned to sensitive positions and granted the applicable clearance level (e.g., SECRET, TOP SECRET, etc.). Security investigations for sensitive positions often take up to a year to complete and are quite costly. Therefore, it is important that only positions which truly meet the criteria of sensitive be designated as such.

Officials making sensitivity determinations should consult Appendix 1 - Position Sensitivity Designation and Coding, of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2 Memorandum dated September 29, 2006, Subject: Civilian Position Sensitivity Review, for information about other job attributes that affect the position sensitivity. These include attributes such as: access to secure facilities; automated data processing systems; fiduciary or public trust; nuclear, chemical or biological materials; intelligence sources and methods; law enforcement duties, etc.

Normally, the authority to designate position sensitivity is delegated from commanders to first level supervisors. Therefore, the manager's responsibility is to ensure sensitivity designations of positions under their supervision are correct and consistent with security access requirements (SAR Codes) on the TDA or Unit Manning Document. The sensitivity designation is annotated on the Request for Personnel Action (RPA) and in the Fully Automated System for Classification (FASCLASS) position description. The statements below advise how to request changes to position sensitivity.

Multiple changes to position sensitivity are typically processed by mass change actions such as spreadsheets or memorandum requests provided by the supervisor. Individual changes are usually initiated and processed by individual RPAs. If the RPA method is used, then Part D (Remarks by Requesting Office) must note the following:

"Changes sensitivity from (old sensitivity) to (new sensitivity) ."

If establishing a new position, indicate the sensitivity designation.

Content last reviewed: 10/19/2006-LAR

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