SORT: 5210.79
DOCI: DODD 5210.79
DATE: 19920709
TITL: DODD 5210.79 Defense Personnel Security Research Center (PERSEREC), July
9, 1992, ASD(C3I)

Refs:(a) DoD Directive 5210.79, "Defense Personnel Security Research and
Education Center," May 31, 1989 (hereby canceled)
(b) Title 10, United States Code
(c) DoD Directive 5400.11, "Department of Defense Privacy Program," June
9, 1982


This Directive:

1. Reissues reference (a) to update the PERSEREC, established under
reference (b).

2. Assigns direction, authority, and control over the PERSEREC to the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and
Intelligence (ASD(C3I)).

3. Designates the Secretary of the Navy to provide support to PERSEREC.

4. Prescribes the policy for and responsibilities of the PERSEREC.


This Directive applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the
Military Departments, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the
Joint Staff, the Unified and Specified Commands, the Defense Agencies, and
the DoD Field Activities (hereafter referred to collectively as "the DoD


It is DoD policy that the PERSEREC:

1. Shall be the DoD personnel security research center for the Department
of Defense, operating under the guidance and authority of the ASD(C3I).

2. Shall perform personnel security research and analysis for the DoD
Components and members of the Intelligence Community, as appropriate, and
disseminate results of that research.

3. Shall devote its research and analytical resources to evaluating and
improving personnel security procedures, programs, and policies.

4. Shall provide advice and assistance to the DoD Components and the
Intelligence Community on selected personnel security subjects upon

5. Shall encourage Government and non-Government researchers to enter into
joint personnel security research projects that have Government-wide
applications, thereby stimulating research and reducing duplication of

6. Shall ensure that individual records are maintained and used in
accordance with the Department of Defense Privacy Program requirements
(DoD Directive 5400.11, reference (c)).

7. Shall arrange for contractual agreements using normal contracting
procedures to meet the PERSEREC professional and administrative
requirements.  The PERSEREC may accept funding from other DoD Components,
as well as Executive Branch Agencies, for the conduct of relevant
personnel security research, subject to prior coordination with the

8. Shall maintain liaison with other DoD Components, industry,
professional associations, academia, Government organizations (Federal,
State, and local), and other Federal and international agencies for the
exchange of information in the field of assigned responsibility; and
render assistance, as appropriate, within the limits of established policy
and procedures.


1. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications
and Intelligence shall:

a.  Have authority, direction, and control of the PERSEREC.

b.  Promulgate a memorandum of understanding with the Secretary of the
Navy that will provide administrative and logistics support required to
ensure the continued effective operation of the PERSEREC.

c.  Ensure that the PERSEREC is operated efficiently and that appropriate
management safeguards are in place to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.

d.  Approve the PERSEREC annual budget before its submission to the Navy.

e.  Convene a personnel security research advisory committee that shall:

(1) Review, on a semiannual basis, the research program of the PERSEREC.

(2) Advise the Director, PERSEREC, on specific research projects.

(3) Promote collaborative initiatives, eliminate redundancies, identify
neglected opportunities and problems, and ensure optimal utilization of
PERSEREC resources.

(4) Promote dissemination of useful information derived from personnel
security research efforts.

f.  Be authorized to make exceptions to the requirements of this Directive
on a case-by-case basis when is is determined that doing so furthers -the
mission of the Department of Defense and is consistent with the protection
of classified information from unauthorized disclosure.

2. The Secretary of the Navy shall:

a.  Budget for and finance those expenses for operating the PERSEREC,
including salaries of assigned civilian personnel.

b.  Provide and maintain facilities essential to the effective operation
of the PERSEREC.

c.  Provide administrative support to the PERSEREC to include supply,
contractual, computer, and employee service assistance.

d.  Assist the PERSEREC in specific personnel matters, to include managing
local hiring authority for civilian personnel.

3. The Heads of the DoD Components shall:

a.  Cooperate with and assist the Director of the PERSEREC by providing
assistance to complete assigned research tasks.

b.  Subject to internal policies on release of personnel security and
criminal investigative records, make available those records and
information needed by the PERSEREC to carry out the functions assigned by
this Directive.

4. The Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management and Personnel)
shall ensure that sufficient computer programming and analysis resources
are made available at the Defense Manpower Data Center to support PERSEREC


This Directive is effective immediately.

Donald J. Atwood Deputy Secretary of Defense