Hey, so, turns out I was granted a U.S. secret security clearance! ...that I'm not using. I understand that the approval/eligibility is good for two years, but beyond that I have a few questions. (For one: can I apply for jobs truthfully claiming I have an "active clearance"?)
This was me
about a year ago. I left the contracting job, took up a Federal position (not related to anything sensitive/classified/etc.), and didn't really give the process another thought for a while.
Fast forward a few months, curiosity comes creeping back in. (Also, I could take or leave my current job without much care.) I called up the HR person at my old firm and he happily verified that even though I left that position and took up my new one in July, my case was far enough along in the process that the investigation (an NACLC, if that matters) closed and clearance was granted in August. Which means, according to him, that I'm eligible but don't automatically have access to data
until August 2013.
I said thanks and hung up, but I'm still unclear on a few things. Does this mean, if I were to apply for a new job now*, that I hold an active clearance? And since my eligibility expires, where would I have to be in the hiring process to not start the investigation process over again? (Having an offer, having started at work already, having undergone whatever follow-up investigation while already on the job...) In essence, by when would I have to start applying for jobs (and yes, I know the defense budget is getting cut)
to take advantage of my current status and would this vary between departments and the intelligence community?
*I do intend to stay at my current job for at least a full year, so "now" = obviously not until after this summer.