Adjudicator – Entry Level (N1207406), Fort Meade, MD

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Fort George G. Meade Complex, MD
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 07/1 to 09/10
Open: 2023-04-20, Close: 2024-02-20


Security and Counterintelligence is responsible for the protection of NSA/CSS information, people and facilities worldwide. In support of this mission, Adjudicators are responsible for ensuring a trusted workforce by providing timely and efficient decisions to determine an individual’s eligibility for initial or continued access to NSA classified information, to include evaluating candidates sponsored by the military or external agencies for access to NSA operational areas. Adjudicators work in a myriad of offices within Security and Counterintelligence and their responsibilities include, but are not limited to: – Conducting security adjudicative administrative processes – Conducting the security adjudicative analytic and risk mitigation process – Coordinating the security clearance process, including vetting, approval, denial, and access control – Making security clearance determinations in accordance with DOD, IC, and NSA/CSS personnel security regulations, principles, and processes – Evaluating reports of investigations, interpreting, and applying adjudicative guidelines to formulate a recommended course of action consistent with relevant Executive Orders, OPM, Department of Justice, and NSA related to security/suitability determinations – Corroborating or mitigating serious derogatory information – Reviewing case files of all relevant materials pertaining to a case including all paperwork, any other source materials, and the opinions of other relevant/investigative personnel – Reviewing investigative documents to identify discrepancies, inconsistencies, and areas potentially requiring clarification or additional investigation – Reviewing internal records to determine if there are any open internal cases which may be related to affiliate’s background investigation – Determining if additional inquiries are necessary to resolve discrepant, negative, or contradictory information – Retrieving data from credit bureaus, requesting Local Agency checks, reviewing reports to determine criminal records or traffic violations – Reviewing adjudicative determinations of other personnel security professionals (e.g., polygraphers, security information specialists, counterintelligence investigators) – Reviewing and verifying information submitted on applications/Personnel Security Questionnaires

Job Summary

Adjudicators support the Security and Counterintelligence mission primarily through the Office of Personnel Security to ensure a trusted workforce by providing timely and efficient decisions to determine an individual’s eligibility for initial or continued access to NSA classified information and operational spaces. Decisions are based on information developed through Reports of Polygraph Examination, Reports of Investigation, continuous evaluation programs and various other investigative/analytical resources per the criteria established in Intelligence Community Directive 704 (ICD 704). Adjudicators will learn the intricate details of each process which will enable career growth throughout Security and Counterintelligence and beyond.


ENTRY Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered. Degree in any field is acceptable. Relevant experience must be in analysis, adjudication, investigation, and/or auditing.


The ideal candidate has a desire for continual learning with excellent problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills who is: – A strong written and oral communicator – Able to work as an individual and in team environment – Capable of making independent decisions or recommendations – Well-organized, able to handle multiple assignments and prioritize work – Focused on customer needs – Able to use basic office tools and functions, such as Microsoft Products (Word, Excel, Outlook) – Able to lift 20lbs – Preference is given to applicants with a DoD Adjudicator Professional Certification (APC)

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary Offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Salary ranges vary by location and work level. This position is hiring for Maryland location. Salary Range: $53,105 – $84,441 (Entry) On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Work Schedule: Applicants should be aware that some of these jobs support Monday – Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).

How to apply

U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. Due to time sensitive communications regarding your application, please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept email from Please review the job posting thoroughly to ensure you meet the described qualifications and are aware of all associated requirements. To apply for this position, please click the ‘Apply’ button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the ‘Submit’ button, you will receive a confirmation email. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as job postings could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants, or the position is no longer available. You may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the application screening process and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to showcase within your resume those experiences relevant to this position. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet all position qualifications, may be contacted to begin employment processing. Please remain diligent in monitoring email and your SPAM folder. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. Please visit our Diversity link for more information. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

DCIPS Disclaimer

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.


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