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A question about Security Clearance procedures.

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posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 08:12 PM
I have been hired by a defense contractor to provide IT services for the NAS base in my city or I should say, ive been recommended for hire, contingent on being able to gain clearance required for Federal Employment.
I was just wondering if anyone had any knowledge of what is involved in the process?
Do they actually send field agents out to interview me and friends/relatives?
Do they really go to the school that I graduated from in 1988 and interview past supervisors, coworkers etc?

Also wondering if they can find out that I visit conspiracy related sites.

posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 08:19 PM
To answer your questions, yes, they will go through your entire history and interview people.

It really also depends on what level of clearance you are applying for as well.

If you are only getting secret clearance, and not top secret or above, they will do a very standard background investigation. If you are applying for something higher, they will shred every aspect of your life looking for anything that will disqualify you.

Either way, good luck with that... I've personally known people denied for lying about having sex in a taxicab.


posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 08:23 PM
And, they'll review your entire internet activity from your I.P. address you've been using as far back as you've connected your name to your I.P. EVERY WEBSITE.. A little porn won't get ya dinked...
Foreign Languages in Code? Your Toast
ATS? Your safe. Kinda. Maybe. Sorta. Good Luck

posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 08:29 PM
reply to post by Animatrix

Depending of the type of Clearance. A while back someone on this site posted a similar thread. He was going after a DOD job. He posted some of the questions asked on the questionnaire that was given to him. I have tried to locate that thread on here, but have been unable to. I do recall that he was being asked about the types of websites that he frequented and asked for advise as to whether he should list this site. I also recall some members reminding him that it was a Federal Crime to lie on the questionnaire. A few even suggested that it may have even been a crime to purposely omit certain websites. Considering this OP I would be truthful if you are asked the same questions. And please I am not suggesting for a second that you wouldn't be totally honest.

posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 08:34 PM
Why are you starting a new thread on the same subject?


posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 08:38 PM
reply to post by Animatrix

Good for you! I hope you get the job. Depending on the level of security they need, it varies. But you can rest
assured that they will check your criminal record,drivers license,education, affiliations (i.e.NRA, political groups), Passport
and travel history, family lineage,character references, drug screening, and don't forget your Facebook/and or MySpace Page. They also have other avenues. No one is perfect and they know that. So unless you are a total loon or foreign spy, I would look forward to it. It really helps if you are good at what you do, and I believe that if
you are under consideration, you are. Just be good, and do a great job.

posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 08:45 PM

I worked in Military Intelligence in the Army and investigated clearances at one point.

The purpose of a clearance is not what you did or did not do however many years ago the point is that you are honest and disclose what it is that you did.

If you are honest you can say you were a male prostitute who did favors for drugs in the 80s for all they care as long as you no longer do that you will be fine (That's a real case from a guy who got a TS/SCI.) You an almost have done anything short of murder or rape and still get a clearance as long as it is not repetitive in nature or something you continue to do now.

The purpose of a clearance is not so much about your past activities but rather that you are honest about such things.

It is an issue of exploitability (The enemy agents can use something about you that you did not reveal against you and that makes you a threat.) If you were unfaithful to your first wife tell the investigator - they are going to ask her about it.

If you smoked dope in school admit it, drank underage, admit it etc. Speeding tickets, past due child support tell them everything - trust me they have seen it all.

Like someone said for a SECRET clearance it’s basically a credit check along with an ENTNAC as long as that checks out and matches what you put down you will be ok.

However, a TS/SCI clearance as most IT jobs are they will indeed go back to check where you lived and find people to talk to. It is hard sometimes as the investigator must find someone who knew a person 15 years ago from an address at an apartment complex but I always managed to do it from either employment, education or associates.

Again, don't sweat it; be honest and if you had or even have issues admit it.

Credit is what gets most people if its current issues you are having; if they are old or have been paid off or you have worked out a schedule for late payments or whatever you'll be fine.

The issue again is that people blow off the SF86 and forget something which gets the investigator looking further into things than he/she needs to; once things don't jive either the facts with the papers or the interviews it’s all downhill from there.

Bottom line - be honest and thorough.

Hope that helps - if you have questions about the SF86 you can u2u if you want.
edit on 27/1/2011 by Golf66 because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 08:45 PM
No need for two threads on this.


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