Adjudicative Desk Reference

The Adjudicative Desk Reference (ADR) is recommended by the Security Executive Agent Advisory Committee as a job aid for personnel security adjudicators, investigators, and managers. The ADR was developed by the Department of Defense Personnel and Security Research Center Division of the Defense Manpower Data Center for use by the U.S. Government security community.

The adjudication process seeks reasonable assurance that persons granted access to classified information are persons:

“...whose personal and professional history affirmatively indicates loyalty to the United States, strength of character, trustworthiness, honesty, reliability, discretion, and sound judgment, as well as freedom from conflicting allegiances and potential for coercion, and willingness and ability to abide by regulations governing the use, handling, and protection of classified information.”

Source: Executive Order 12968, Access to Classified Information, dated August 4, 1995.

Adjudicative decisions are made by applying broad principles to a set of specific
circumstances.