About Security Clearances
Due to the nature of work IAI performs and the customers we support most of contracts require either an active security clearance or the ability to obtain one. The information below is explains the government requirements for obtaining and/or maintaining a security clearance.
What is a security clearance and why might I need one?
A security clearance is a determination by the United States Government that a person is eligible for access to classified information. The term “eligibility for access” means the same thing as security clearance and appears in some Government record systems.
Many IAI contracts require “access” to US Government intelligence community and Department of Defense (DoD) information. If you are hired by IAI for a position that requires “access”, you will need to obtain a clearance to perform the assigned duties of that position.
A clearance may be at the Confidential, Secret or Top Secret level, and is typically granted through the DoD via the Office of Personnel Management. If you currently hold a clearance at your present employer or through the military, it may be transferable to Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI). Clearances are typically transferable for a two-year period from the date of debrief. Please notify the recruitment representative handling your application if you hold a current DoD clearance.
If you do not hold a security clearance, you will be required to go through a background check before being granted a clearance. You will be asked to complete an Electronic Personnel Security Questionnaire that contains information regarding your family and questions about your personal background.
Specifically the questionnaire includes the following information:
The questionnaire then asks a series of personal questions which will assist in determining your trustworthiness to protect classified information.
The security clearance process is not designed to select perfect people but rather those people that exhibit high standards of honesty and integrity.
What can disqualify you?
What may not disqualify you but may delay the receipt of a DoD clearance?
Most Intelligence Agencies conduct their own investigations or will transfer a current DoD security clearance reviewing the adjudication prior to granting access.
If you have a current “access” from a restricted program customer, please tell the security representative handling your application. If you cannot reveal the name of the customer who granted the access, the Security department will determine the access level without violating any secrecy requirements.
To receive a restricted program access you will require a current DoD clearance and may be required to undergo an additional investigation and agree to a polygraph.
Would You Like to Know More About Obtaining a Department of Defense Clearance? E-mail your questions to the DSS website at www.dss.mil.
If you are considering employment with IAI and have questions can you also email our Security Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.