Security clearance

jmc724jmc724 Senior MemberMember Posts: 415
How does one obtain a security cleareance for a govt contractor job?

My interview was with Lockheed Martin, working at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. One requirement is to obtain a security clearance.

I am in the salary negotiation phase for an Exchange admin.
What next?


  • keatronkeatron Security Tinkerer Member Posts: 1,213 ■■■■■■□□□□
    You will have to apply via the FBI. Lockheed will probably apply on your behalf. Usually what they mean by that is that within a certain time frame of them hiring you, you will have to obtain the clearance. Sometimes they want you to have it before starting, and trust me, this doesn't happen overnight, it can take a very very long time (in my case 11 months). It all depends on your background, and various other weird things that they will ask people about you. With Lockheeds pull, it might happen sooner than later, so I'd ask them to give me specifics on what they mean by that if I were you. It's not un-heard of for people to go in a job that requires them to get clearance over a certain period of time, for some reason or another, they couldn't get it and wham! They were fired because it.

    We've done contract work for Lockheed and the reason they require the clearance is because of the large number of DOD and NASA contracts they do. So as an exchange admin you would definantly have access to some communications that would require a certain level of assurance of confidentiality on Lockheeds part.

    Good luck.
  • QUIX0TICQUIX0TIC Senior Member Member Posts: 277
    Are you saying that you can pre-qualify for a clearance before you get any job? I thought you had to be sponsored to get a clearance?
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  • jmc724jmc724 Senior Member Member Posts: 415

    Bye the way, I nailed it. Starting next Tuesday. Employment package and acceptance letter will be overnighted. YEAH!!! icon_lol.gif
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  • WebmasterWebmaster Johan Hiemstra Admin Posts: 10,292 Admin
    Congrats!! That's a cool job at cool company icon_cool.gif
  • jescabjescab Senior Member Inactive Imported Users Posts: 1,321
    CONGRATZ dude............
  • ryan5081ryan5081 Junior Member Member Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats man,

    I got a job doing help desk for NMCI (Navy Maine Corp Intranet) and my subcontractor is sponsoring my top secret clearence. From what i was told the top secret takes anywhere from 6-8 months to complete usually.
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  • forbeslforbesl Senior Member Member Posts: 454
    QUIX0TIC wrote:
    Are you saying that you can pre-qualify for a clearance before you get any job? I thought you had to be sponsored to get a clearance?
    In order to obtain any govt security clearance, you must be sponsored. You can't just run out and apply for one without sponsorship. The investigation process can be long, and it requires $$$.

    I obtained a TS clearance while I was in the military. After I retired from the military and started working for a contractor, I had to reapply through the contractor who sponsored me. Since I had a previous clearance through the military, it was no problem. When I left the contract job and started working as a government civilian, I had to reapply again through the government. If your job only requires a Secret clearance, that's all you will be investigated for. You cannot obtain a TS clearance unless your job requires it.
  • SieSie Running on caffine Member Posts: 1,195
    icon_thumright.gif Congrats!
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  • NPA24NPA24 Senior Member Member Posts: 588 ■■□□□□□□□□
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