Commissioned Corps E-Bulletin
Important Message on Background Investigations
Submitted by the Acting Director of the Office of Commissioned Corps Operations
TO: Officers of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Commissioned Corps Instruction (CCI) 231.04, titled “Background Investigation Requirement,” dated 04 March 2008, states all active duty officers of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) are required to have a favorably adjudicated Access National Agency Check and Inquiries (ANACI) investigation with an additional State criminal history child care check in order to be eligible for a Secret security clearance. Meeting this requirement is crucial to accomplishing the mission of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Moreover, the requirement is a condition of employment for Corps officers.

HHS Operating Divisions (OPDIVs) are in the process of conducting reinvestigations for Corps officers. Therefore, as a Corps officer, if you are contacted by your OPDIV’s Personnel Security Office, it is imperative that you respond within the allocated time frame to complete the required reinvestigation documentation. Please follow the instructions regarding the background investigation process as outlined by your OPDIV’s Personnel Security Office, including providing additional documentation such as fingerprint cards.

Not all officers are required at this time to undergo a reinvestigation. However, officers who are contacted and do not comply with the requirements will be subject to disciplinary actions, including involuntary separation, as authorized within the Commissioned Corps Issuance System.

If you have additional questions when you receive the instructions to start the reinvestigation, please contact your OPDIV’s Personnel Security Office or you may e-mail questions to

Your attention to this most important matter is greatly appreciated.
Health and Human Services Public Health, Commissioned Corps Public Health, Commissioned Corps

HHS, Office of Public Health and Science
Office of Commissioned Corps Force Management
Tower Building
1101 Wootton Parkway, Plaza Level Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20852