SORT: 5210.45

DOCI: DODD 5210.45

DATE: 19640509

TITL: DODD 5210.45 Personnel Security in the National Security Agency, May 9,


Refs (a) Public Law 88-290, An Act to Amend the Internal Security Act of



The purpose of this directive is to prescribe policies and procedures to

implement Public Law 88-290 the objective of which Is to strengthen

personnel security In the National Security Agency.


No person shall be employed in, or detailed or assigned to, the National

Security Agency, and no person shall have access to classified information

of the Agency, unless his employment, detail, or assignment to the Agency,

or his access to classified information of the Agency, is clearly

consistent with the national security.


A. No person shall be finally employed In the National Security Agency

until he has been the subject of a full field investigation.  A person may,however, be provisionally employed before the completion of a full field

investigation in his case, but he may not be given access to sensitive

cryptologic information while he is so employed.  His provisional

employment is conditional upon the successful outcome of a full field

investigation in his case.

B. No person shall be assigned or detailed to the Agency without the

agreement of the Agency that its security requirements are met; each such

person shall be the subject of a full field Investigation in connection

with such assignment or detail unless he has a current security clearance

for sensitive cryptologic information which was granted under the same or

equivalent standards as are prescribed by the Agency.

C. The Director of the Agency may, in an exceptional case, temporarily

waive the requirement for a full field investigation if he personally

determines in writing that such action is advisable in the national

interest and is clearly consistent with the national security.  In such a

case priority shall be given to the full field investigation.  This

authority of the Director, NSA, cannot be redelegated.


A. The Director of the Agency shall establish one or more boards of

appraisal of three members each to be assigned personnel security

responsibility as set forth below.  Members of a board shall be senior

officials with broad experience, shall be specially trained for their

duties, and shall have been the subject of a full field investigation, and

have been cleared for access to classified information, in connection with

their appointment

B. The Director of the Agency shall refer to a board those cases in which

he determines that there is a doubt as to eligibility for access to

classified information of an employee or person assigned or detailed to

the Agency.  The board shall appraise the loyalty and suitability of

persons whose cases have been referred to it and advise the Director

whether access to classified information by such persons is clearly

consistent with the national security.  In applying the foregoing standard,the board shall use the criteria which have been prescribed by the U. S

Intelligence Board and Department of Defense Directive 5210.8 dated

February 15, 1962.

C. Proceedings of a board shall not include notice to the individual,

right to a hearing, or appeal from an adverse recommendation.  A board

shall submit to the Director a report and recommendation on each case

referred to it.  The report shall not be made available to the person.  No

person shall be cleared for access or continued access to Agency

classified information contrary to the recommendation of a board except on

the authority of the Director or, upon the referral by the Director, of

the Secretary of Defense.  In such a case, the Director or the Secretary

shall make a determination in writing that the employment, detail,

assignment or access Is In the national Interest.

D. Appraisal by a board is not required before action may be taken under

Section 14 of the Act of June 27, 1944, Chapter 287, as amended (5 U.S.C.

863), Section l of the Act of August 26, 1950, Chapter 803, as amended (5

U.S.C. 22-1), or any other similar provision of law.  The objective In

establishing the boards(s) Is to assure further that the access of each

person to classified information Is clearly consistent with the national

security In consonance with the requirements and standards of the U. S.

Intelligence Board and the Department of Defense.


A. Section 303 (a) of Public Law 88-290 authorizes the Secretary of

Defense to terminate employment of any officer or employee of the National

Security Agency In his discretion whenever (1) he considers such action to

be in the interest of the United States, and (2) he determines that the

procedures prescribed in other provisions of law that authorize the

termination of employment of that officer or employee cannot be invoked

consistently with the national security.  The Secretary's action to

terminate employment is final.  The statute provides, however, that the

individual whose employment has been terminated under this authority may

seek or accept employment In any other Government agency provided that the

Civil Service Commission determines he Is eligible for such employment.

B. When the two conditions cited above do not exist, the Director, NSA,

shall, when appropriate, take action pursuant to other provisions of law,

as applicable, to terminate the employment of a civilian officer or

employee.  The Director shall recommend to the Secretary of Defense the

exercise of the authority of Section 303 (a) only when the termination of

the employment of a civilian officer or employee cannot, because of

paramount national security interests, be carried out under any other

provision of law.


Proposed implementing regulations of the National Security Agency shall be

coordinated with the General Counsel of the Department of Defense prior to

their publication.


This directive becomes effective immediately.

Deputy Secretary of Defense