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Want a Security Clearance? This Is What You Need to Know

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Learning Objective: Examine the process of achieving a U.S. security clearance

As you create your master plan for success, consider the variety of tools needed to gain a competitive edge in your industry. By familiarizing yourself with the extensive U.S. security clearance process, you can begin to prepare to access opportunities that help you excel. This seminar will guide you through the process of getting and keeping a U.S. security clearance. We will also explore the future and emerging career opportunities that require various clearance levels.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Identify a series of career paths and associated tools to improve job marketability.
b. List a series of certification and association options.
c. Understand the security clearance process and associated misconceptions and mistakes.

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Want a Security Clearance? This Is What You Need to Know

  1. 1. Dermawan Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. The Security Clearance Process: What you Need to Know Doretta Boazzo Industrial Security Officer General Dynamics Mission Systems
  2. 2. What Is A Personnel Security Clearance? Determination that employee is eligible for access to Government classified information based on review of: •Background Investigation- neighbors/coworkers/employers •Personal interview •Credit reports •FBI records •Local law enforcement records
  3. 3. Who Issues The Personnel Security Clearance? Department of Defense (DoD)
  4. 4. What Is A Security Clearance Investigation? Inquiry into an individual’s: •Loyalty •Character •Trustworthiness •Reliability Conducting security clearance investigations is a key element in protecting the Nation’s security & our servicemen & women on the battlefield!
  5. 5. Why Is A Security Clearance Necessary? To counter threats that may stem from: •Foreign intelligence services •Those who wish to overthrow the Government by illegal means •Terrorist groups
  6. 6. Why Is a Security Clearance Necessary? Continued To counter threats to individuals who: •Are susceptible to pressure or improper influence •Have shown dishonesty or lack of integrity •Have demonstrated behavior which may indicate unreliability
  7. 7. When May An Individual Be Processed For A Personnel Security Clearance? When employed by a cleared contractor in a job requiring access to classified information DO CONTRACTORS HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO GRANT, DENY, OR REVOKE SECURITY CLEARANCES FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES? No. Authority is reserved by the Government.
  8. 8. When May An Individual Be Processed For A Personnel Security Clearance? TOP SECRET-level clearance (and maybe with a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access, with a Polygraph required.) 100% disclosure required throughout entire process! Loss or compromise of information at TOP SECRET level could result in exceptionally grave damage to our Nation’s security.
  9. 9. What Are The Advantages To Having A Security Clearance? •Gives a company the ability to compete for US Government classified contracts •Gives YOU a competitive edge to companies who may need cleared employees
  10. 10. What Are The Criteria For Getting A Security Clearance? Applicant must be: • U. S. citizen • Stable • Trustworthy • Reliable • Of excellent character, judgment, & discretion • Of unquestioned loyalty to the U. S.
  11. 11. What Are The Criteria For Getting A Security Clearance? Continued Applicant must NOT: • Advocate use of force or violence to overthrow Government by unconstitutional means • Be subject to physical, mental, or other forms of duress by a foreign power All applicants for a security clearance on some cleared contracts will be required to produce proof of U. S citizenship; i.e., original or certified copy of birth certificate, passport, original Report of Birth Abroad by U. S. Parents, or original Certificate of Naturalization; DD 214 Release from Military, if applicable.
  12. 12. How Does The Security Clearance Process Work? FIRST - Candidates complete: (with assistance & instructions from a Company’s Security Officer) • Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF 86) Form (100% disclosure required.) • Fingerprint charts • Release forms to authorize release of applicable records THEN - Forms reviewed by the Security Officer for completeness, & all forms submitted to Government to initiate investigation
  13. 13. How Does The Security Clearance Process Work? Continued As appropriate, investigation may include: • Field interviews of references (in writing, by telephone, or in person), to include co-workers, employers, personal friends, educators, & neighbors • Records checks, such as former employers, courts, & rental offices • Personal interview with employee conducted by Government investigator
  14. 14. What Would Disqualify Me For Processing For A Security Clearance? Persons disqualified include, but are not limited to: • Unlawful users of, or those addicted to, a controlled substance (drugs) • Per Bond Amendment, January 1, 2008.
  15. 15. What About Unfair Discrimination? All applicants for clearances are treated impartially & consistently regardless of their: • Gender • Race • Marital status • Age • Ethnic origin • Religious affiliation • Sexual orientation
  16. 16. What Safeguards Are In Place To Ensure Accuracy AND Protect My Privacy? • Government employees involved in clearance process must meet highest standards of integrity & personal conduct • Information received during investigation scrupulously protected under U. S. laws & statutes (New Information Security statutes offer greater protection since OPM website hacking.) • Government exercises greatest care to ensure accuracy of all information collected
  17. 17. What Happens When The Investigation & Polygraph Is Complete? Trained Government adjudicator reviews results & compares them to established qualifying criteria for access to classified national security information. HOW LONG DOES THE CLEARANCE PROCESS TAKE? Once Government receives complete clearance package: Average 12 months
  18. 18. What Would Cause Delays In Clearance Processing? • Incomplete, inaccurate, or delayed completion of your security forms • Special situations, such as overseas records, or difficulty in locating records • Expanding investigation to clear up discrepancies or issues
  19. 19. Will I Be Told Whether A Clearance Has Been Granted? Yes. Government will notify the Company’s Security Office. That Security Office will notify you, and conduct required security briefings. CAN I APPEAL A CLEARANCE DENIAL? Yes. If notified of intent to deny or revoke security clearance, you have right to appeal this determination.
  20. 20. What Are My Responsibilities As A Cleared Person? A security clearance is a privilege, not a right. In accepting a clearance for access to classified information, you accept responsibility for: • Complying with security regulations & procedures to protect classified & other sensitive information • Complying with standards of conduct required of persons holding positions of trust • Reporting to the Security Office or other appropriate authority any information that comes to your attention regarding known or suspected foreign intelligence activity directed against yourself, a co-worker, your organization, or any other national interest
  21. 21. What Are My Responsibilities As A Cleared Person? Continued • Reporting to the Security Office or other appropriate authority any information that raises doubts about the reliability or trustworthiness of a co-worker or other person with access to classified information • Taking the time to gain an understanding of the foreign threats that make these security measures necessary Responsibility to protect classified information is a LIFELONG obligation, even after you no longer have an active security clearance.
  22. 22. How Long Does A Security Clearance Remain In Effect? Generally, as long as individual: • Is continuously employed by a cleared contractor • Can reasonably be expected to require access to classified information. Periodic reinvestigations may be conducted at intervals determined by the Government.
  23. 23. Who Can I Contact For More Information Or Concerns About The Security Clearance Process? www.dss.mil www.state.gov www.gogovernment.or g

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