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 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.
Obtaining a Security 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:
- Everywhere you have lived and who can verify that location
- Your education
- Who are your parents, your siblings and your spouse and children and where do they live (If you don’t know, you may indicate that)
- Everywhere you have worked, your military history, and who was your supervisor
- Everywhere you have traveled outside the U.S. and the purpose of the travel
The questionnaire then asks a series of personal questions which will assist in determining your trustworthiness to protect classified information.
- Your employment record
- Your police record
- Your close contacts with foreign nationals in the U.S. or overseas and your ownership of overseas property
- Your use of drugs or alcohol that may have been illegal or resulted in arrest, counselling or treatment
- Your mental state and whether you have been in treatment or counselling (other than marriage counselling)
- Your personal financial history including bankruptcy, wage garnishments, repossessions, tax liens and unpaid judgments
- Whether you have been a party to any civil court actions
- Whether you have ever had a security clearance revoked
- Whether you belong to an organization that advocates the overthrow of the U.S.
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?
- You are not a U.S. citizen
- You were dishonorably discharged from the military
- You are currently involved in illegal drug use
- You have been judged as mentally incompetent or mentally incapacitated by a mental health professional
- You have had a clearance revoked for security reasons (note: after one year reapplication can be completed)
- You are considered a dual citizen AND you are currently holding a passport from a country other than the U.S.
What may not disqualify you but may delay the receipt of a DoD clearance?
- You have significant foreign national contacts (immediate family members living in other countries)
- You own property in another country
- You have been convicted of a felony within the past 10 years
- You have a history of illegal drug use or alcohol abuse
- You have a significant history of financial problems; heavy indebtedness and/or late payments (over 180 days), bad debts, fairly current tax liens, repossessions or garnishments
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
If you are considering employment with IAI and have questions can you also email our Security Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.