An ADP/IT position category applies to unclassified DoD information systems; it is a designator that indicates the level of IT access required to fulfill the
responsibilities of the position based on the potential for an individual assigned
to the position to adversely impact DoD missions or functions. The term IT
Position and Automated Data Processing (ADP) Position are the same, with
ADP being the older term of the two. Investigative levels for ADP/IT position
category is defined in DoD 5200.2-R or as revised.
ADP/IT position category for contractor personnel working under a TMA
contract is specified in the approved contract. Please contact the Contracting
Officer Representative (COR) of the contract, if you are unsure of the
ADP/IT position category of the contractor personnel assigned to the contract.
Instructions for Contractor Access to DoD IT Systems
Copy the entire instruction (hyperlink above) and insert it as an attachment to the task order requirements package whenever a contract requires access to the HA/TMA Network and/or other DoD systems.
ADP/IT Position Category
ADP/IT-I: Critical Sensitive Position. A position where the individual is responsible for the development and administration of MHS IS/network
security programs and the direction and control of risk analysis and/or threat assessment. The required investigation is a Single-Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) or equivalent. Responsibilities include:
ADP/IT-II: Non-critical-Sensitive Position. A position where an individual is responsible for systems design, operation, testing, maintenance, and/or monitoring that is carried out under technical review of
higher authority in the ADP/IT-I category. The required investigation is a National Agency Check with Law Enforcement and Credit (NACLC) or equivalent. Responsibilities include but is not limited to:
Procedure for Requesting ADP/IT-I Level Investigation or Investigation for Access to Classified Information
ALL TMA contracting companies requiring an ADP/IT-I level investigation or an investigation for access to classified information for their personnel are required to provide TMA PSB a copy of the written
request and justification, approved and signed by the Contracting Officer Representative of the contract. TMA contracting companies are not allowed to directly request an ADP/IT-I level investigation or
an investigation for access to classified Information with OPM or DISCO unless specifically authorized by TMA PSB.
Foreign Nationals/(Non) US Citizens
DoD 5200.2-R, Personnel Security Program, dated January 1987, does not mention ADP/IT levels of trust for non-US citizen contractor employees. As a result, in the past DoD offices did not follow one
consistent procedure for ensuring that non-US citizen contractor employees had received the appropriate background checks before gaining access to DoD information systems.
DoD policies state that the required investigation must be completed and favorably adjudicated prior to authorizing ADP/IT access to DoD systems/networks. Interim approvals are not authorized
to non-US citizen contractor employees for access to DoD systems/networks. In communication with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI), non-US citizen contractor
employees are not currently being adjudicated for Trustworthiness Determinations, and therefore not being approved for Trustworthiness positions.
Please contact TMA PSB for further information on ADP/IT level of investigation, PSB continues to work with OUSDI and OPM to streamline and simplify this process.
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