Obtaining Security Clearance
Getting, obtaining, updating a new security clearance or going through the Periodic Reinvestigation process
Adjudicative guidelines provide adjudicators the option to grant applicants a security clearance under conditions when the issues present have been partially mitigated and the applicant has shown intent to follow through on resolving any remaining concerns. This is considered an exception as defined in Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 4: National Security
The Department of State (DoS) Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DSS) is the division that processes and conducts all background investigations for DoS employees and contractors working for DoS. They are one of the few agencies that handle their own investigations in lieu of using the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.
It is a fairly good bet that not all security clearance applicants read the fine print in the instructions section before filling out the Questionnaire for National Security Positions (SF-86). Under the “Penalties for Providing False or Inaccurate Information” section it states the U.S. Criminal Code (title 18, section 1001)
If a perfect human being exists, the U.S. Intelligence Community or DoD has yet to meet her (or him). That’s why the “whole person concept” is such an important part of the security clearance process. National security adjudicators are much more interested in lifestyle patterns than they are in any