United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Directives and Regulatory Guidance

VA Directive 0710


This Department of Veterans Affairs Directive, dated June 4, 2010, updates

policy for the management of the personnel suitability and security program.

This directive sets forth Department policy for the designation of appropriate

risk levels or sensitivity levels and the commensurate scope of background

investigations required for all VA positions.


VA Handbook 0710


This handbook establishes procedures that implement the policies set forth in

VA Directive 0710, Personnel Suitability and Security Program.  This handbook

describes the designation of position risk levels, sensitivity levels, and addresses

the personnel background investigations process in VA, and rights of employees,

appointees, and applicants.  It provides guidance for contractor personnel and

sets forth policy for the management, secure handling, transmission, and storage

of classified national security documents in VA.