Posted April 14, 2023

What is a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)?

The BPSS is the recognised standard for the pre-employment screening of individuals with access to government assets. It is not a formal security clearance but it’s rigorous and consistent application underpins the national security vetting process at CTC, Level 1B, SC and DV.

Above and beyond the BPSS, some organisations may seek references and include other enquiries (for example health) as part of their recruitment process.

Who needs it and what it provides access to

Individuals with any access to government assets. This means all civil servants, members of the armed forces, temporary staff in departments, and government contractors generally.

What checks are involved

Additionally, individuals are required to give a reasonable account of any significant periods (a total of 6 months or more in the past 3 years) of time spent abroad.

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