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agentvlad  
#1 Posted : Sunday, June 14, 2009 11:43:41 AM(UTC)
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How much does a secret clearance cost?
PERSEC  
#2 Posted : Sunday, June 14, 2009 9:29:10 PM(UTC)
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Initially it's about $400. But if you have issues and they have to assign an investigator to look into things and conduct interviews the cost goes up.
KPeterson  
#3 Posted : Sunday, June 14, 2009 10:08:14 PM(UTC)
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What do you mean if they have to assign an investigator to look into things? I thought this was how it worked anyway. Or is it more of running criminal records and credit checks? Just a tad confused now.

I also wanted to know how the following situation might affect my interim clearance. I lived in Japan for about 2 years while accompanying my husband on military orders. I do recall on eQuip something about not listing this as overseas travel if it was for official government business. Do you think this would hold up my interim though?

Thanks!
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#4 Posted : Sunday, June 14, 2009 10:37:08 PM(UTC)
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No, it shouldnt hold up an interim. For a secret clearance the process is automated. Cards are sent out to previous employers and associates to fill out. Like a bubble sheet of sort.

If derogatory information is found they then assign a human investigator to look into the matter and conduct field interviews. Otherwise, a clean case is handled almost entirely by automation.
deltatango  
#5 Posted : Sunday, June 14, 2009 11:36:58 PM(UTC)
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PERSEC, what does this card look like? 1) i want to tell my references/employers to look out for it and return it ASAP and 2) curious as to what questions are on this card for employer? for personal reference? Thanks!

i've heard SECRET is same as TS with only exception being the period of investigation (7 versus 10)...now, it sounds like there is at least one significant difference, i.e. no doorknocking/badge flashing, etc....assuming the SECRET is a clean application it should sail thru...it's not so much subject to backlog as much is done automatedly (is that a word?)
KPeterson  
#6 Posted : Sunday, June 14, 2009 11:58:13 PM(UTC)
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Ok so the interim is automated and includes sending out the bubble cards? Or is the bubble card only used for the full clearance? I really need to start working in August and with an interim clearance I could do that. If I have to wait for the full clearance, I wouldn't be able to start until around September/October right? Assuming it's the clearance that I was told could take "up to 90 days".

Thanks!
MadisonMolly  
#7 Posted : Monday, June 15, 2009 12:03:15 AM(UTC)
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It's INV Form 41. Not sure what the envelope looks like.
bakababa  
#8 Posted : Monday, June 15, 2009 12:10:46 AM(UTC)
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quote:
Originally posted by PERSEC:
No, it shouldnt hold up an interim. For a secret clearance the process is automated. Cards are sent out to previous employers and associates to fill out.


Hello,
Great information here, thank you so much for the question and answers...

I'm wondering something...Will "ALL" previous employers receive the card? If employer is no longer around (for example, got acquired by another company), will there be an issue with the automated investigation?
deltatango  
#9 Posted : Monday, June 15, 2009 1:11:32 AM(UTC)
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quote:
Originally posted by MadisonMolly:
It's INV Form 41. Not sure what the envelope looks like.


Thanks. I'm trying to Google an image of it. No luck so far. Did find full a list of the cards:

INV Form 41 - employers
INV Form 42 - personal references
INV Form 43 - schools
INV Form 44 - local police

Let me know if anybody knows where to find copies of these forms. Cool
federalsoupnewbie  
#10 Posted : Monday, June 15, 2009 6:11:53 PM(UTC)
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quote:
Originally posted by agentvlad:
How much does a secret clearance cost?


Here's a price list
http://www.opm.gov/extra/investigate/FIN08-04.pdf
PERSEC  
#11 Posted : Monday, June 15, 2009 11:38:38 PM(UTC)
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quote:
Originally posted by federalsoupnewbie:
quote:
Originally posted by agentvlad:
How much does a secret clearance cost?


Here's a price list
http://www.opm.gov/extra/investigate/FIN08-04.pdf


Haven't looked at that in awhile, cheaper than I recalled! thanks
BackGdInvestigator  
#12 Posted : Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:17:28 AM(UTC)
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The prices change each October - up and down.

The NACLC/ANACI BIs do not normally rate a human investigator unless there is a "hit" on your law checks or you have behavior/events that trigger a special interview.

The NACLC/ANACI do not qualify you for a TS. The SSBI is the initial BI required for 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.
yasmin00  
#13 Posted : Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:23:58 AM(UTC)
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PERSEC

I have some questions. please reply to my posting in General and Federal contractor board
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