Security Executive Agent

Security Executive Agent

Security Executive Agent


The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in accordance with EO 13467, is responsible, as the Security Executive Agent (SecEA), for the development, implementation, and oversight of effective, efficient, and uniform policies and procedures governing the conduct of investigations and adjudications for eligibility for access to classified information and eligibility to hold a sensitive position. In the role of SecEA, the responsibilities of the DNI extend beyond the Intelligence Community to cover government-wide personnel security processes.

The Special Security Directorate (NCSC/SSD)


NCSC’s Special Security Directorate serves as the Executive Staff for all Security Executive Agent functions and responsibilities on behalf of the DNI.
Federal personnel vetting reform efforts by the DNI, as SecEA, are responsive to the Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council (PAC). The PAC is responsible to the President for driving implementation of Federal personnel vetting reform and for “ensuring accountability by agencies, ensuring the Suitability Executive Agent and the Security Executive Agent align their respective processes, and sustaining reform momentum.”




(New) Federal Personnel Vetting Performance Management Standards 14SEP2022

(New) Common Principles in Applying Federal Personnel Vetting Adjudicative Standards 19JUL2022

(New) Federal Personnel Vetting Engagement Guidelines 10FEB2022 

(New) Federal Personnel Vetting Guidelines 10FEB2022

(New) Federal Personnel Vetting Performance Management Guidelines 10FEB2022 

(New) Federal Personnel Vetting Core Doctrine 13JAN2021 (Federal Register)

CDA Report Backlog of Personnel Security Clearance Adjudications

SEAD 3 Toolkit

SF 312 – Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement

SF 312 Training Tools

Form 4414 – Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement (PDF)

National Counterintelligence and Security Center