Vice President for Research and Economic Development - Office of Research Security (ORS)
February 2, 2012; Reviewed/Revised November 13, 2023

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (“UAH”) is a cleared facility for the Department of Defense (DOD). As a cleared facility, we are required by DOD to follow the regulations of 32 CFR Part 117, NISPOM Rule.

Cognizant Security Agency (CSA) requires periodic reinvestigations every five years for individuals with a Top Secret or Secret Clearance. Failure to comply with these requirements is justification to terminate your clearance


32 CFR Part 117.10 (b) states that personnel may be subjected to a Personnel Security Clearance (PCL) reinvestigation as specified by the CSA.

ORS will notify the faculty, staff and students who hold a PCL when they are within 90 days of their reinvestigation deadline.

Faculty, staff and students who have been notified by ORS to complete the reinvestigation process will have 30 days to submit their forms properly in the DOD Official System of Record or their PCLs with UAH will be terminated.

ORS will provide information, tools, and support to complete this process.

The ORS Director will be responsible for the review of this policy every five years (or whenever circumstances require)..

Periodic Reinvestigations