Inside a Career as a Security Clearance Adjudicator
Adjudicating security clearances isn’t an easy job. It requires personal integrity, and offers a variety of challenges. A contributor recently outlined the some of the requirements of the job, offering a glimpse into the other side of the security clearance investigation process. Below is an excerpt from the article. Read it in its entirety here.
“Adjudicators hold an immense responsibility for making decisions that could impact national security and/or alter the life path of the individual being investigated. Adjudicators are required to be unbiased and maintain a fair, impartial, and objective attitude toward the person being investigated and information being reviewed and adjudicated. Common characteristics of persons assigned these duties include: maturity, integrity, honesty, discretion, sound logical thinking, and strong analytical processing and communication skills…
Being an adjudicator is a tough job and is not one of the more favorably looked upon positions within an agency. There will always be someone who disagrees with the adjudicative decision and as the subject matter expert, the adjudicator has the responsibility to present the concerns to management in a factual and impartial manner and put forth a sound recommendation. Despite the various challenges, adjudicators are security professionals that work behind the scenes peering into the darker side of human nature while trying to do their best in making hard decisions and are an integral part of the overall security process.”