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Security Clearance Briefing

All this talk about security clearances -- what's the big deal? It's not like I want to be a spy or something -- I will have a "regular" job, so why would I need to have a security clearance?

Spies aren't the only people that need a security clearance! A security clearance is required for a wide range of jobs, in almost every industry. Jobs that require a security clearance can be positions working directly for the Federal government or for an authorized Federal contractor. All positions requiring access to national security classified information, whether as a programmer tracking information on a computer or an electrician helping to build a new secure facility, will require one of the three basic levels of security clearances -- Confidential, Secret or Top Secret.

The in-depth investigation by the United States Government into one's background for the purpose of determining whether a person is able and willing to safeguard classified national security information, based on his or her loyalty, character, trustworthiness, and reliability can be a lengthy process that begins with filling out a document called the Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86). The background investigation process will include a review of past and present employment, credit records, criminal records, school records, residences, references and foreign travel.

In the future, you could be considered for a position that requires you to have a security clearance. In most cases, jobs with a security clearance have a higher salary level and offer more opportunity for advancement. Based on all that goes into the background investigation, if you were being investigated today, do you think you would be able to obtain a clearance? Is there anything in your past you don't want anyone to know about? Could the decisions you make today be later reviewed and possibly affect your ability to gain employment? Don't let your past come back to haunt you!

View the Security Clearance Briefing to learn more

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