Credibility Assessment (CA) Program
|Publication Date:||24 April 2015|
PURPOSE. This directive:
a. Reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 5210.48 (Reference (a)) to establish policy and assign responsibilities for conducting CA examinations in the DoD.
b. Establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for the use of polygraph and CA equipment and techniques:
(1) In support of counterintelligence (CI), pursuant to the authority in DoDD 5143.01 (Reference (b)) and Title 10, United States Code (Reference (c)) to include exempted personnel.
(2) Implementing Security Executive Agent Directive 2 (Reference (d)), Intelligence Community Directive 704 (Reference (e)), and Intelligence Community Policy Guidance 704.6 (Reference (f)).
(3) In the law enforcement and investigative activities of the Secretaries of the Military Departments inherent from authorities provided in sections 3013, 5013, and 8013 of Reference (c) and the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (IG DoD) pursuant to DoDD 5106.01 (Reference (g)).
c. Establishes the CA Integrated Management Group (CAIMG) and outlines its purpose and membership.
APPLICABILITY. This directive applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the IG DoD, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (referred to collectively in this directive as the "DoD Components").
a. There will be a CA capability in the DoD consisting of instrumentation, techniques, and procedures to assess the truthfulness and credibility of individuals.
b. Adequate safeguards must be in place to protect the rights and privacy of persons considered for or subjected to CA procedures in accordance with Reference (c), DoDD 5400.11 (Reference (h)), and DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1000.29 (Reference (i)).
c. The polygraph instrument and associated examination techniques may be used for personnel security screenings, issue specific examinations, the adjudication for access to specific types of classified information, and the resolution of other examinee issues in accordance with Reference (f) and DoDI 5210.91 (Reference (j)).
d. Only the Defense Criminal Investigative Organizations (DCIO) of the Military Departments and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) may use polygraph examinations for criminal investigative purposes. Such examinations may only be administered after voluntary consent by the examinee.
e. DoD Component heads may authorize the use of the CI scope polygraph (CSP) and expanded-scope screening (ESS) polygraph examinations as part of initial personnel (civilian, contractor, or military) security vetting and may be administered at periodic or aperiodic intervals in support of reinvestigations, personnel security investigations, internal security matters, or continuous evaluations in accordance with References (c), (d), (f), and (j).
f. DoD Component CA subject matter experts will accept polygraph results from agencies outside the intelligence community when conducted consistent with References (d), (f), (j), and National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) standards.
g. Before being released to the customer, CA examination results will undergo quality control (QC) by trained CA personnel in accordance with Reference (j). In a tactical environment where QC is not immediately available, the customer accepts the risk for any action taken before receiving CA QC examination results.
h. After consultation with the organization's legal counsel, admissions to unreported federal and state crimes and violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice revealed during the course of a polygraph examination will be referred to the appropriate DCIO, CI investigative entity, the IG DoD, military commander, or civilian law enforcement authority in accordance with DoDI 5525.07 (Reference (k)), Memorandum of Understanding (Reference (l)), and the Director of National Intelligence Memorandum (Reference (m)).
i. The NCCA is the office of primary responsibility for all DoD polygraph programs and non-DoD federal agencies polygraph programs as described in Reference (d). The NCCA is responsible for the development and implementation of polygraph training, polygraph examiner continuing education certification standards, audits of department or agency polygraph quality assurance programs, and the conduct of research for tools and techniques related to CA. The NCCA will provide support, when resources are available, to non-DoD federal agencies with authorized polygraph programs on a reimbursable basis or through support agreements in accordance with Reference (d), the Government Employees Training Act of 1958 (Reference (n)), and to State, local, and tribal entities in accordance with DoDI 3025.21 (Reference (o)).