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DOD D 5210.48

2007 Edition, November 15, 2013

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Polygraph and Credibility Assessment Program

Includes all amendments and changes through Change 2, November 15, 2013

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This Directive applies to:

OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands (CCMDs), the Office of the Inspector General of the DoD, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities in the DoD (hereafter referred to collectively as the "DoD Components").

The conduct of PCA examinations involving DoD civilian applicants and employees, military personnel, contractors, consultants, experts, or other personnel assigned or detailed to the DoD (hereafter referred to as "DoD-affiliated personnel").


This Directive:

Reissues Reference (a) to update policy and responsibilities governing the DoD Polygraph and Credibility Assessment (PCA) Program. Implements Reference (b) and continues to authorize Reference (c), or the authorized re-issuance of Reference (c), as amended (hereafter referred to as "Reference (c)").

Introduces the term credibility assessment (CA) to represent existing as well as potential techniques and procedures to assess truthfulness.

Directs that, before a non-polygraph CA technology is authorized for use beyond development and evaluation, specific methodologies and procedures shall be approved in accordance with Reference (c).

Transfers polygraph program management from the Defense Security Service, as listed in Reference (d), to the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The transfer includes polygraph education, training, certification, quality assurance, and research.

Renames the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment (DACA) the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA).