Background Checks/Volunteer Computer Access
- Volunteer Background Investigation Policy Update, March 2020
- Webinar on Procedures Update - 19 March 2020
- National List of Fingerprinting Locations, Feb 2023
- Searchable list of DOJ/FBI-certified private/state/local providers of electronic fingerprint services
- National list of TASMs and TAs for VOLAC card processing
Volunteer coordinators will practice due diligence in screening volunteer candidates to assure the safety and security of USACE employees, contractors, and the public. Volunteer coordinators will work with their District Security Office to obtain background investigations and ensure proper procedures are followed. USACE staff at USACE projects and offices may share background/security checks for volunteers who serve at multiple locations.
With the exception of volunteers in positions that involve regular contact with children under 18 years of age without a parent or guardian present, or where the volunteer does not work under constant line of sight supervision (LOSS) by USACE personnel who have been screened in accordance with Army Directive 2014-23, background investigations will be effective indefinitely, unless there is a two year break in service or if the command learns of any adverse information about the individual that was not previously adjudicated in a background investigation. Volunteers who have regular contact with children under 18 without a partner/guardian present require re-verification every five years.
Volunteers requiring a Tier 1 background investigation may begin their service once their Special Agreement Check (SAC) FBI fingerprint check results, SF85 Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions and OF 306 Declaration for Federal Employment forms have been favorably reviewed by the District Security Office for no adverse information, and the SF 85 and OF 306 forms have been submitted to OPM through the Personnel Security Investigation Portal (PSIP) to process the full investigation. Digital fingerprints are the preferred collection method and may be obtained at military installations, USACE district and division offices, and law enforcement offices. In locations where digital collection is not available, fingerprints may be obtained on the SF 87 or the FD 285 fingerprint card and submitted to the District Security Office for transmission to the Personnel Security Investigation - Center of Excellence (PSI-CoE) following guidance in the PSIP Requestor Guide. All fingerprint cards require a valid Security Office identifier (SOI), Submitting Office Number (SON), and an Intra-Governmental Payment and Collection (IPAC) code in order to be processed by the PSI-CoE.
Tier 1 background investigations are required for the following:
- Individuals who volunteer for more than 6 months consecutively, regardless of number of hours served each day;
- Volunteers who will have access to a USACE networked computer; or
- Volunteer positions that involve regular contact with children under 18 years of age without a parent or guardian present, or where the volunteer does not work under constant line of sight supervision (LOSS) by USACE personnel who have been screened in accordance with Army Directive 2014-23.
SAC FBI fingerprint checks are required for the following:
- Volunteers that require access to government files and records;
- Volunteer positions that require the collection and handling of fees; or
- Volunteers that work independently of USACE personnel and have unescorted access into controlled space/non-public areas such as dams, offices, or locked government buildings.
Background investigations are not required, but may be conducted at the local project level through outside contractor or through a SAC processed by the District Security Office, for any of the following:
- Individuals who volunteer for one-time events;
- Individuals who volunteer for less than 6 consecutive months and do not meet any of the scenarios described in 3.f. or 3.g. above; or
- Volunteers who only work under LOSS by USACE personnel and have infrequent contact with minors.
District/Project Background Check SOPs
National Volunteer Week
Policy & Procedures
News / Current Issues
Good Enough to Share
Volunteer Clothing, Brochures, and Posters
Volunteer Plans and Handbooks
Job/Activity Hazard Analyses
National Public Lands Day
Background Checks/Volunteer Computer Access
Division & District POCs
Corps Photo Album for Volunteers
Volunteer Pass Program
Volunteer Program Annual Reports
Corporate Social Responsibility/Volunteer Programs