Joel, what is DOD security clearance?
DoD is the United States Department of Defense, and employers require it when you are going to be working on projects that require military/security clearance -- in other words you are going to encounter something at some time that might possibly be interpreted as being a military secret and you need to be checked out to make sure that you don't secretly work for Al-Qaida, or the Spanish, or any of Halliburton's enemies like Bechtel, or wear ladies underwear (if you're a man).
oh, wait I forgot:
Also, employers look for them because to get one, you need a sponsor. And the sponsor has to pay a lot of money.
Temp agencies often provide a way to get them. At least in Canada, I don't know about down south.
Having worked on projects that needed security clearances, let me mention that secure documents are for the most part no more interesting than any other documents. The military puts some sort of security clearance on just about every piece of information it has, even if it is just the maintenance schedule of some motor.
Does anyone know if you can you get a security clearance if you had an alcohol problem and went to rehab sixteen years ago? (No problems since.)
anon - I don't know, but you should have no problem becoming President or VP.
It very much depends on how nice the inspectors are feeling, from what I gather.
Check this page out for as many details as you're likely to get (from a reputable source, that is):
dir at badblue com
The best indications of the current criteria are the reports of the appeal decisions for rejected clearances:
Thank you dir and James.
!!! What do they have against wearing woman's....
Security clearances used to go way back. Now most only go back 7 years.
The important thing is that you tell the investigator about the women's underwear (or whatever else floats your boat!) even if you think it's irrelevant. Don't let them find this out from somebody else! In addition to direct security risk factors, they'll ferret out anybody who's susceptible to bribery (ie: deep in debt) or blackmail (didn't tell the investigator about embarassing foibles).
The inspectors who grant clearances are evaluated on how many applications they can process in a given amount of time. A quota, if you will. The easiest way to completely process an application is to reject it. Consider the implications of this.
Chris, it may be a government-agency-vs.-industry thing or a change in the process, but the investigators I worked with were contractors who made it clear that they were happy to do whatever work was necessary to uncover whatever info was needed. They also made it clear, though, that my employer was paying for their time.
Actually, your "sponsor" does NOT have to pay for it at all. If you work for a contractor, say Boeing, or Lockheed, or General Dynamics, that company has to employ you while sponsoring your clearance. But the GOVERNMENT AGENCY for which youre being investing is actually paying for the investigation and possible polygraph. Not the contracting company.
Poly, my understanding is that the government agency either passes on the investigation cost to the contractor or negotiates a hard limit on the number of contracted employees to be cleared as part of a specific contract. But that's just hearsay...I thankfully have nothing to do with Federal procurement. :)
James, with DoD customers, that is -not- the case. The government pays for the clearance, while the company sponsoring your clearance must add you to their payroll. So if that company only has cleared work, the company must find something else for you to do. That's the catch.
Just to stick my 0.02 here...
There are clearances above these, too, of course, but nobody's able to talk about them.
Brent P. Newhall
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