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A security clearance is a status granted to individuals allowing them access to classified information. Those trying to get a clearance may have questions such as how does one go about attaining a clearance? And, what are the different levels? As well as other questions. This area will allow those that have clearances offer advice and suggestions to those inquiring about clearances or upgrading their clearances.

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MikeCharlie00  
#1 Posted : Monday, August 10, 2015 8:46:01 AM(UTC)
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How do you know if the applicant submitting for a clearance is being truthful regarding his past employers? How is this checked?
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#2 Posted : Monday, August 10, 2015 9:00:57 AM(UTC)
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Methods aren't going to be revealed like this.
MikeCharlie00  
#3 Posted : Monday, August 10, 2015 9:03:11 AM(UTC)
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Well, if an applicant forgot to place down an employer within the past 10 years and stumbles across his tax returns later on and remembers - what happens?

Assuming applicant resigned and was not terminated.
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#4 Posted : Monday, August 10, 2015 9:19:17 AM(UTC)
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What's the rule?

Anything that comes up, ADMIT!

If you are open and honest, then you're not hiding things. If you are not open and honest, and they find something, the assumption becomes that you are trying to hide things.
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#5 Posted : Monday, August 10, 2015 10:43:11 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MikeCharlie00 Go to Quoted Post
How do you know if the applicant submitting for a clearance is being truthful regarding his past employers?


Well, the dirty little secret is they probably don't. That is why they require you to self report, with potential sever penalties for being untruthful. In fact that is one of the bigger controversies going around in the clearance world, too much reliance on self reporting. That being said, since the form requires you to go back 7/10 years and to explain any periods where you were not working, you would have to flat out lie, which is a much bigger no-no and faster way to not get a clearance than just putting it down honestly and letting the chips fall where they may. Remember, they do talk to your employers and contacts, so if your boss at Alpha Inc. says, "Yes, he was a great employee, we were lucky he decided to leave Beta Inc. and come work for us." and you never put down you worked for Beta Inc....then lets just say you have a problem or at minimum a lot of explaining to do. Most negative issues regarding employment, (boss didn't like you, left on bad terms) can be addressed in the subject interview, and remember they look at the whole person, so odds are one negative ding at one job probably isn't going to hurt you.

That being said, most investigators realize you are only human, and if the omission is obviously unintentional, (You worked as a temp holiday hire at the Sunglasses Hut for a month during senior year of college...nine years ago) odds are even if did come up during the investigation, they aren't going to give you a whole lot of grief over forgetting to include it. (Assuming your didn't steal 50 pairs of Ray-Bans and get fired for it of course.)

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Ready2Go2  
#6 Posted : Monday, August 10, 2015 11:35:13 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MikeCharlie00 Go to Quoted Post
How do you know if the applicant submitting for a clearance is being truthful regarding his past employers? How is this checked?


There are a few different ways, but mostly some reference along the way brings it up. For example - they go to one employer and ask what was the previous employer (and/or next employer) in the file. Sometimes during residence checks, a leasing agent will let the investigator know what a subject listed as an employment on the resi application. Social references will list all the previous employers. Your resume is often provided to the investigator. The employer may be on your credit report. The list goes on

If you forget one (and that happens), let the investigator know during the interview. Not a big deal really.

FWIW, some people have activities that they don't consider employment, but OPM will for the security questionnaire. For example, you get free room and board in exchange for being an RA at a college dorm. No cash changes hands, no W-2 issued; for reporting purposes, that's an employment. Info is always omitted or listed incorrectly on the SF86. Always. As long as it was an innocent mistake - you correct it. No harm, no foul.

baronzb  
#7 Posted : Saturday, June 5, 2021 3:13:27 PM(UTC)
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My impression was that the investigators use SSN and FICA contributions to know about all past employers; hence, not listing employers is not viable?
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