Getting a Security Clearance ... In a Nutshell
Office of Personnel Management
Whether you work for a private employer or a Federal agency . Personal . .
When you need access to classified national security information…
the Federal agency Security Officer will have you fill out this:
STANDARD FORM 86
It asks you for a lot of personal history information and a lot of names and addresses.
We’ll ask you to sign a form allowing Investigators access to personal records about you.
IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR SEVERAL INVESTIGATORS IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS TO ALL BE WORKING ON YOUR CASE AT THE SAME TIME.
Some Investigators are Federal employees, some are private Investigators working on a government contract. THEY ALL DO THE SAME WORK and follow the same laws, regulations, and rules.
- We review records about you. (Where you’ve worked, where you’ve gone to school, where you lived, and more)
- We check with the police.
- We check your credit.
- We talk to people who know you.
An Investigator may interview YOU to expand and clarify the information you put on the security questionnaire.
Reports from all theInvestigators are collected into a single file; The Report of Investigation. We send this report to the Federal agency that asked us to investigate you.
An agency should give you the opportunity to explain or refute negative or unclear information that could influence their clearance decision.
Once you have a security clearance, and the need for it continues, you must undergo a reinvestigation every 5, 10, or 15 years, depending on the level of your clearance.
When you no longer need a security clearance… if you leave that job or no longer need to have access to classified national security information… your security clearance is removed.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INVESTIGATION OR CLEARANCE,
CHECK WITH THE SECURITY OFFICIALS TO WHOM YOU
SUBMITTED YOUR SECURITY QUESTIONNAIRE.