The Department of Justice's Security and Emergency Planning Staff (SEPS) is the primary office responsible for developing, implementing, and ensuring compliance with security policy throughout the Department.
Overall, SEPS has four responsibilities related to background investigations in the Department:
- (1) managing background investigations of political appointees, attorneys, and other personnel whose investigations are not delegated to the components;
- (2) granting clearances for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) materials for all Department employees;
- (3) providing policy guidance and training on background investigations; and
- (4) providing oversight of the components’ background investigation programs.
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Evaluation and Inspections Division, Review of the Security and Emergency Planning Staff’s Management of Background Investigations, at i (Sept. 2005) (full-text).