Resources for the Clearance Holder or Applicant
Answers to some of the most common questions we hear from clients and issues addressed by adjudicators.
Five foundational considerations for clearance holders.
Generally speaking, a security investigation can take months. Many federal agencies need to fill positions faster than that, so they cannot always wait for the final clearance. In these situations, an applicant may be approved for an interim security clearance until the final clearance comes through.
The first step in getting a security clearance involves completing the Personnel Security Questionnaire or, SF-86. Most likely, it will involve completing the SF-86 online, using the Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing system, or e-QIP (pronounced “Equip”), though some agencies still rely on a PDF version of the SF-86. The level of clearance granted will be Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret.
Most Common Security Clearance and Public Trust Application Forms