I often wonder what would happen if her company that is contracted from the government found out about her A?
Please remember OT is infidelity free and post accordingly.
[This message edited by SI Staff at 2:35 PM, April 15th (Tuesday)]
Really, they don't care if you smoked weed in college. Some of them don't care if you smoked weed just last week (of course, you would have to stop as most have zero-tolerance drug policies), what they want is honesty. Just admit to it.
A big thing people often don't realize is a big factor in security clearances is personal finances. They look for someone who doesn't have too much debt, bankruptcy, foreclosure, etc.
Trust is like paper. Once it's crumpled it can never be perfect again.
I think it might vary somewhat due to the type of job and level of clearance.
For instance, when I worked as a low level peon in the same gov't facility MrH worked, they just did a background check. Talked to neighbors and friends, looked into finances. For MrH, with a higher clearance for his job, he had a polygraph and the background check. He said the initial polygraph they still ask lifestyle questions...so yeah, <the reason we're all here but must not be named in OT> is covered but! as MrH said,"they don't really care about it." I could give you more info when it comes to the topic, but this is OT. Otherwise, the focus is really on whether you're loyal to your country and, I suppose, if you have anything that might be used to sway you or blackmail you. Again, given MrH's extra-marital activities...it doesn't seem like that counts in their eyes.
Don't volunteer anything, but don't lie on a direct question. Sort of like being on the witness stand, IYKWIM. Also, please remember to TELL the people that you are giving as references that you are applying for this job, they might be contacted by the government who will want to ask questions of them, and to please answer the questions but not elaborate unless asked to. When I went for my Crypto Secret clearance, my friends were so protective of me and suspicious about the government checking up on me that they refused to talk to the investigators until I assured them that it was OK.
D-Day, June 10, 2012
If it's TS or above, they WILL talk to your neighbors, references, and other people they find through them.
When my son was going through drug/alcohol rehab, I was in regular contact with my security officer, giving her updates. Family problems are not cause to revoke a clearance, as long as they know you can't be compromised or blackmailed because of them. I spent a lot of that time hanging around drug addicts, but I kept my security officer in the loop.
They re-investigate on a schedule.
I told all my references in advance, and told them just to tell the truth.
So when the question was asked, "Is Officer xXxX someone you would consider trustworthy?" I said, "I trust him with my kid. Does that answer the question?"
They liked that answer.
I agree with the others that depending on the position your friends/neighbors may be contacted. I was one of the neighbors to be contacted a few years back.I was suspicious but with a notice placed on the door that we were required to call them back we did exactly that. They scheduled a time to interview in person and came a few days later.
Wide variety of questions..."how often do you interact with neighbor", "what type of temperament does he have", "have you ever seen him angry", "have you ever seen suspicious activity", "have you met his friends", "does he own firearms", etc., etc.
As suggested in other posts...when asked a question, answer it directly...offer the complete truth but no more, no less.
"You know the sad thing about betrayal? It never comes from an enemy."
They then called those 5 references, but did not interview them. Instead, they asked those references to give them the names of other people they may call to ask about me. I guess they figure people are inclined to give them people they knew would speak well of them... so they wanted to go another layer deep.
I also agree with the person who told you to tell the truth on everything... if you smoked pot in your younger years, admit it. Frankly, I raised flags because my background was "too clean." It was true I never smoked pot or experimented with any illegal drugs, never shoplifted candy as a child, never took money from my mom's purse without asking, etc. I was actually referred to a psychologist to assess my honesty, because they thought I sounded "too good to be true." In the end, I was cleared "despite" my innocence!
He was completely honest - previous pot use (he quit 6 years ago), his DUI (6 years ago) - he went to counseling and has been clean and sober since, fiancial status used to be poor, etc. (Our credit has been great for awhile, but we were young when we married and had kids and not so good with finances)...
So we shall see...I was thining the pot use and DUI would pretty much eliminate his chances.
[This message edited by Lalagirl at 1:20 PM, April 16th (Wednesday)]