How do I politely refuse to keep the government's secrets?
April 7, 2009 7:28 PM Subscribe
How do I excuse myself from applying for secret clearance without having my boss think less of me?
posted by anonymous to work & money (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My boss would like me to apply for a security clearance to help improve the chances of our company winning additional Department of Defense contracts. Most of my other co-workers claim that the process is easy and I have nothing to worry about. Currently, my work does not require a security clearance and I would prefer to keep it that way. After looking at the rationale of various adjudicators for denying clearance I am fairly confident that I would be denied a secret clearance. Also I do not wish to involve my partner or my friends in the application process, as I feel it would be both a hassle and a very large invasion of their personal privacy. I have made my reservations about applying for clearance very clear, but my boss continues to push me to do it.
- How do I tell my boss to politely stop bothering me without giving away the reason I believe I would be denied secret clearance?
- How do I handle the situation such that it doesn’t look like I have some nasty skeleton in my closet?
- What are the ramifications for not applying for clearance? Can I be fired? Can I be fired for being denied a secret clearance even if my current work does not require one?