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U.S. President Requires No Security Clearance? August 20, 2016

Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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While listening to the news this morning I heard a man tell a reporter that the President Of United States does not require a Security Clearance.  I said to myself, “no way?”.

This bothered me so much that I decided to do some research on the issue.  And as far as I can tell, apparently the man was correct.  It’s basically assumed that if the ‘People’ trust the man or woman enough to be their leader (voted for them), then no clearance is needed, not even if they work in sensitive committee positions in Congress.  That includes your Senator or House of Representative folks.  I did not know this.  I just assumed they all had to have a security clearance of some sort.

Do you know what a person goes through to get a security clearance?  Depending on the position they are working toward it can be different, however for a Top Secret Clearance, it can include the following checks about you:

A Secret clearance, also known as Collateral Secret or Ordinary Secret, requires a few months to a year to investigate, depending on the individual’s background. Some instances wherein individuals would take longer than normal to be investigated are many past residences, having residences in foreign countries, having relatives outside the United States, or significant ties with non-US citizens. Unpaid bills as well as criminal charges will more than likely disqualify an applicant for approval. However, a bankruptcy will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is not an automatic disqualifier. Poor financial history is the number-one cause of rejection, and foreign activities and criminal record are also common causes for disqualification. A Secret clearance requires a NACLC, and a Credit investigation; it must also be re-investigated every 10 years.[15] Investigative requirements for DoD clearances, which apply to most civilian contractor situations, are contained in the Personnel Security Program issuance known as DoD Regulation 5200.2-R, at part C3.4.2

Top Secret is a more stringent clearance. A Top Secret, or “TS”, clearance is often given as the result of a Single Scope Background Investigation, or SSBI. Top Secret clearances, in general, afford one access to data that affects national security, counterterrorism/counterintelligence, or other highly sensitive data. There are far fewer individuals with TS clearances than Secret clearances.[16] A TS clearance can take as few as 3 to 6 months to obtain, but often it takes 6 to 18 months. The SSBI must be reinvestigated every 5 years.[15] In order to receive TS clearance, all candidates must pass an oral interview. (more…)

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