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How long does the clearance process take?

This depends on the investigating agency and level of clearance. In our experience, it could be anywhere from 3 months to 24 months.

Who may have access to classified information?

Only those persons who have a bona fide need to know, and who possess a personnel security clearance at the same or higher level as the classified information to be disclosed. The clearance level and the classified information to be accessed are determined by the granting federal agency.

Can I obtain a security clearance on my own?

No. You must be sponsored by a cleared contractor or a government entity. To be sponsored you must be employed by a cleared contractor (or hired as a consultant) in a position that requires a clearance.

Does Dowless & Associates, Inc. sponsor for security clearances?

This is looked at on a case by case basis. There are many factors involved; if your skill set matches our core competencies and you are a U.S. Citizen, then we would encourage you to submit your resume for review and someone will contact you if you’re a good match.

Can a clearance be reinstated after it has been terminated?

Yes. If a person previously had a clearance and the investigation is still current, the clearance can be reinstated by the agency that originally granted the clearance or it can be accepted and granted by a different agency, provided there hasn’t been a break-in-service of two years or more. This usually only entails the submission of a new application and a favorable review of the application by the clearance granting authority.

What is a security clearance?

A security clearance is a status granted by agencies of the United States Government that determines a person’s ability to access and view documents of national security. A security clearance investigation is an inquiry into an individual’s loyalty, character, trustworthiness and reliability to ensure that they are eligible for access to national security information.

The investigation focuses on an individual’s character and conduct, emphasizing such factors as honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, financial responsibility, criminal activity, emotional stability, and other similar and pertinent areas. All investigations consist of checks of national records and credit checks; some investigations also include interviews with individuals who know the candidate for the security clearance as well as the candidate himself/herself.

These investigations are necessary as some of the positions may be in secure positions pertaining to national intelligence and security.

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