What is a Yankee White Security Clearance?
I was researching some of the lesser known facts about security clearances and background investigations and ran across a very informative and interesting article posted on WiseGeek.com that described what a Yankee White security clearance is and what the requirements are to get one. In a nutshell, in order to work on the staff of the President or Vice President of the United States, one has to undergo and pass the extensive background check (basically an enhanced SSBI) that is conducted to identify potential security risks. But that is not all. Anyone being considered for one of these positions will also have their friends, acquaintances, and family members checked out and possibly interviewed as well.
The basic eligibility requirements for a Yankee White clearance are:
- Must be a U.S. citizen with unquestionable loyalty to the United States and a proven track record of maturity and trustworthiness.
- Must not have any serious criminal convictions, any history of dishonest conduct, or history of illegal drug use (same criteria applies to immediate family members)
- Immediate family members should be U.S. citizens
The article breaks down the staff positions that support the president and vice president into three categories: Category 1 consists of those staff members who work directly for or have direct contact with the president or the vice president; Category 2 is made up of support personnel like the White House communications agency, travel staff, air crews, and maintenance staff; Category 3 is made up of honor guard and military bands, or other like staff that has occasional direct contact.
As with all high level clearances, periodic reinvestigations and continuous evaluation checks are run to ensure that no areas of concern pop up unnoticed in between investigations. So there you have it; the short and skinny on Yankee White.