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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: Questionnaire for National Security Positions

STANDARD FORM 86

 

 

It asks you for a lot of personal history information and a lot of names and addresses.

We'll need your fingerprints too.

 

We’ll ask you to sign a form allowing Investigators access to personal records about you.Image of a hand signing a paper

 

The Federal Agency that needs you to have a clearance sends your forms and papers to our Federal Investigations Processing Center.

The Processing Center requests Investigators all over the world to begin the investigation of your background.

 

IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR SEVERAL INVESTIGATORS IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS TO ALL BE WORKING ON YOUR CASE AT THE SAME TIME.

 

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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.

 

The  Federal Agency Security Adjudication Officer carefully reads and evaluates the report, this Federal officer determines your eligibility for access to classified national security information. Your security clearance is either granted, or denied. 

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.


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    chiefphillips

    8 months ago

    2 comments

    would like to get a security clearence

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    phillyfreedom

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Because government jobs require knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations and accountability to abide by them, it is apparent that security clearances are needed for future employees to uphold these laws and regulations consistent with their history, background, and relationships.

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    Jackson1965

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    How do I request a clearance for future positions applied for?

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    cyhodges

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hmmm I'm trying to figure out what would keep someone from getting clearance.
    I am squeaky clean. No worry there. My husband, not so much. I want to move to a career in government security, but, if his background will keep me from it, may as well give that idea up

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