The Most Asked Security Clearance Questions

Opportunities abound in the defense industry where every job discipline requires a security clearance to perform on the contracts. Classified contracts require services that include staffing, janitorial, graphic design, accounting, finance and more. Technical experience is needed as well with mechanics, software designers, engineers, program managers and their support.

For the unfamiliar the security clearance process may seem daunting. The lack of information of how to get started, the required forms, interviews, waiting, and expectations can make the entire experience out of the individual’s control. However, there is a well-established and efficient process that the government undertakes and you can be in as much control of the experience as possible.

A Little Background

Whether or not in college, gainfully employed outside of the defense industry, or starting a business, as the reader, you are interested in gaining a security clearance and starting a profession with the more than 13,000 Cleared Defense Contractors (CDC) making up the industrial base. Though you may be aware of the opporutnities, you may be wondering how to get started and I usually get asked the following question:

“How do I get a clearance so I can get a classified job?”

It’s a great question, but it can’t be answered easily as asked. The clearance comes after the job requirements. The question is often asked and in the form asked, skips right by the most fundamental question of whether or not an individual qualifies for a clearance and what is the process for getting a clearance. I will attempt to answer the first question by providing answers to the other two questions:

Can I get a security clearance?

Yes, the security clearance process is open to U.S. Citizens. If after a thorough investigation you are deemed trustworthy, you may be granted a question. However, not just anyone can apply; see the next question.

How do I get the clearance?

By applying for a job that requires a security clearance or starting your own company and winning classified contracts.

How long does it take to get a clearance?

This could take a few months to over a year depending on the investigation and adjudication of findings. The investigation is very in depth and depends a lot on information the applicant proides on the SF-86 application.

6 Reasons To Hire A Drywall Professional

At first, drywalling may seem an easy home renovation project. Since the cost of living is rising day by day, many homeowners choose the DIY route in order to save some money. Although you can do the work yourself, it’s much better to go with a professional instead. Actually, this is a better choice for a number of reasons. Let’s discuss some of them.

1. Flawless Job

Can you draw your first tattoo on yourself? Nobody wants to do that. Similarly, if you want to improve your drywall craft, you will need to spend hundreds of hours. This art requires refined techniques, professional tools, and accurate measurements. Therefore, this job should be left for professionals only.

2. Time Saving

The primary benefit of doing these projects yourself is that it can save you a hefty sum of money. There is no harm in doing these projects yourself provided you know the right techniques and you know how to do the job properly.

If you don’t know how to do it well, we suggest that you work on something that you know better. It’s better that you spend your time on something that you enjoy.

3. Tools and Products

Do you have all day to make multiple trips to the hardware store to buy the required stuff? You will need a complete set of tools to do the job well, such as facemasks, drywall knives, sanding tools, and t-square, just to name a few.

What should be the thickness of the drywall? The thickness should be based on the type of room. Since there are a lot of variables to consider, it’s better to hire the services of a professional.

4. No need to get a Helping Hand

Although drywalling is a simple job, it requires multiple pairs of hands. One person can’t do the job well. Therefore, you should have a family member around you throughout the project.

If you live alone, you can’t get a helping hand. Therefore, it’s better to look for a drywall contractor. After all, you can’t ask your neighbor to stay with you throughout the day for assistance.

5. Timely Completion

If you are going to work on the tasks on your own, know that it will cost you a lot of time. If you don’t mind spending weeks to get the job done, there is no problem. But if you are a busy guy, the DIY route may not be suitable for you.

6. Safety

Another solid reason to hire a drywall contractor is the protection offered by their insurance policy. You will enjoy full coverage if you choose to hire a good professional. The contractor will use safety precautions to prevent serious health issues.

The Takeaway

In short, these are some solid reasons why you should hire the services of a good drywall contractor. If you have a professional complete your renovation project, you can save a lot of money, time, and headache. Therefore, hiring a professional is a stroke of genius for a number of reasons.

The Adjudicator’s Role in Security Clearance Decisions

When an uncleared employee is hired to perform on classified contracts, the Facility Security Officer (FSO) requests a security clearance investigation. If a new employee already has an active security clearance, then the action is administrative; just a transfer.

In the case of a security clearance request, the applicant completes and submits the SF-86 with the security officer’s assistance and the investigation begins. Next, the adjudicators apply the “whole person” concept to determine suitability and make a security clearance decision.

My independent research into whether “unpardonable activity” exists or to answer any questions asking what behavior would always disqualify anyone for a security clearance leads me to answer that it depends on the situation and how the applicant demonstrates a turn from that behavior. However, some applicant behavior that has contributed to security clearance denials include:

· A cavalier attitude about their behavior. In other words the attitude of “take me as I am and I won’t change for you.”

· Lying on the application. These lies include excluding crucial information as well as pretending it never happened.

· The incident in question occurred within the past 12 months. Aside from circumstances leading to an incident in question, recency is a big issue; the more recent the incident, the more difficult it is to mitigate.

The applicant has some control over the timeliness of the application and duration of investigation when they put in the effort to prepare ahead of time with all the references necessary to answer questions accurately and completely. Additionally they can also gather references that may help the adjudicators understand whether or not any derogatory information can be overcome.

Any answers to the questions indicating a risk should be explained in as much detail as possible. Where there is doubt or question, the applicant should err on the side of over explaining instead of under explaining answers. Aside from artifacts explaining situations, the applicant may seek legal advice to assist in completing the document.

If an applicant is indeed concerned that past events may lead to the denial of a security clearance, they should provide as much information as possible explaining or demonstrating that the events are in the past, will not be repeated, completely overcome with rehabilitation, and successfully an non-issue as far as motivation to do it again, ability to be coerced or exploited, or a temptation to do again.

The adjudicators consider the following as they try to make a decision as to whether or not the applicant will be a national security risk. They make security clearance decisions based on interest to national security. Consequently, the applicant is required to demonstrate they are not a threat to national security and should provide artifacts demonstrating that though they may have been a risk to national security at one point, that risk has been mitigated.