The Evolution of the Automated Continuous Evaluation System (ACES) for Personnel Security
DEFENSE PERSONNEL SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER MONTEREY CA
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The Automated Continuous Evaluation System ACES was developed by the Defense Personnel and Security Research Center PERSEREC through iterations of research and application of research findings to improve versions of ACES. ACES is an automated computer system that collects data from over 40 government and commercial databases. It uses an applicant s personally identifiable information PII or the Standard Form 86 SF- 86 to check these data sources, verify what has been submitted, and collect more information. It applies business rules to the data, produces a report that flags issues of potential security concern, and electronically transmits the report to the approved recipient typically an adjudication facility. Since 2008, the Joint Reform Effort JRE of the federal government has identified ACES as a capability for inclusion in the revised federal security clearance process, and various pilot projects have been performed demonstrating ACES capabilities for different federal agencies and with different types of investigations. Pilot projects have demonstrated that ACES will streamline the expensive security clearance and suitability vetting process and greatly reduce its cost. ACES can be used between background investigations to replace elements of initial investigations or reinvestigations, to prescreen military recruits, and in counterintelligence investigations. ACES can harness the power of automation to reduce costs, improve timeliness, and expand the range of information available to those who seek reliable, loyal, and trustworthy personnel.
- Information Science
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations