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Security Clearance

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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#1 Posted : Wednesday, March 14, 2012 8:02:59 AM(UTC)

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I have a Secret clearance with a SSBI. I know it doesn't make any sense, but that is how my last contract was written. A had the SSBI background check, but was neevr given anything higher than a Secret!
Anyway, I left that job in August of 2011. I was under the impression that my Secret was good for two years until I use it again. 
My HR person (my current job doesn't require a clearance) says that my clearance expires in one year, this year, August 2012!
So if my SSBI expires in one year, will I revert to a Seceret for another year, or will I lose both?
#2 Posted : Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:17:16 AM(UTC)

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it could be that you were in a special access program that required the SSBI, despite only being classified at the secret level.  This is rare but it happens.
Your prior clearance will remain current (can be reactivated) for 24-months after you lose your access eligibility, unless the underlying SSBI is out-of-scope (generally after five years). 
F/A Lisa  
#3 Posted : Thursday, March 15, 2012 6:49:15 AM(UTC)
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Actually, having an SSBI for a secret clearance is very common. I would think the majority of SSBI's are for secret clearances. SSBI's are also done when really no clearance is required, this is called needing to be TS eligible.
#4 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2012 1:06:38 AM(UTC)

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We(CBPOs) go through the SSBI process without any clearance being given.
#5 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2012 6:13:38 AM(UTC)

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Every OPM background investigator - contract or federal, and many do not get a security clearance. SSBI is the investigation type required for the position - it does not automatically grant you a TS.

*DISCLAIMER*Correctly filling out your security forms will not guarantee you a clearance in 3 months BUT be sloppy and your case will be in the field a heck of a lot longer, guaranteed.
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