USPS sensitive security clearance
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04 Jan 2006 09:45 PST
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For employment, I am required to obtain a "U.S.P.S sensitive clearance". I need a complete overview of the investigation process, what will be required of me, and specific rejection criteria. I don't know all what is involved, so here are some questions that immediately pop into my head: What forms will I be required to fill out, what questions will be on these forms, and what are the criteria for rejection? How long does the process take, and what recourse is available if an applicant is rejected? An answer from someone who has gone through the process would be preferred. Thanks! For the purposes of answering the question, I will tell you about myself. US born citizen, recent college grad, no arrests, no warrants, no foriegn family members, excellent driving record, good credit, no debts. Please ask for other general personal information if it will help answer the question.
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Re: USPS sensitive security clearance
From: markvmd-ga on 04 Jan 2006 12:18 PST
I don't know about the post office-- I had no idea they had need for a security clearance; what is the world coming to?-- but I have been through enough procedures for obtaining my own clearance years ago and being interviewed about other folks who have them to say that the things you didn't cover in your list of "don't haves" are; alcoholism, drug use, associating with foreign agents, membership in an organization that advocates the violent overthrow of the US government (wanting to overthrow other governments was a requirement for election in 2000), and "questionable lifestyle activities." I don't know if they still cover that last one. I trust others will chime in with things I have forgotten or missed. Interviews of your neighbors (based on your address, not on supplied names) and personal references (which you supply) will include questions about your activities, belongings, parties, and general stuff. The interviewer is looking for things that might be out of the ordinary-- a big boat that you haven't financed and really shouldn't be able to afford, folks coming and going at odd hours, hordes of Russian-speaking partygoers quaffing icy Kauffman and gulping Bandar-e Anzali sevruga caviar, that sort of thing. Even your dippy college roommate, who would roll you under the bus as soon as look at you because you slept with his girlfriend the day after they broke up, will be sufficiently cowed by the investigator's demeanor and shiny badge to be honest. This may not be a good thing, but as he had a self-contained "garden" taking up the entire dorm closet and you still have pictures of him at harvest time, he'll probably be cool. Besides, he's a judge now. Okay, I've strayed slightly from my original comment. Any idea why the PO needs cleared employees? If this is the investigative branch I can understand, but for sorting Victoria's Secret catalogues...?
Re: USPS sensitive security clearance
From: cvenom-ga on 04 Jan 2006 13:52 PST
markvmd has pretty much covered most of the "highlights". The security clearance is for certain positions where you may have access to restricted information. I am currently employed as a contractor to the USPS. I did my background security clearance check about two years ago. The process is fairly painless, but you may have to do quite a bit of research to answer the questions. The problem I had with the check is that I already held a Top Secret clearance with the DOD, but that was not acceptable for USPS. After having served 20+ years in the military, I had over 10 addresses in that time frame, and had to remeber where each one was, and contacts (references) for each location. For me that was a royal pain in the butt. It sounds like it shouldn't be too tough for you however. The best approach to take with filling out the forms is to be as honest as possible. If they ask if you have ever used an illegal subsance, i.e. marijuana, and you have, answering yes will not harm you from getting the position. Lying and being caught afterwards, carries a very stiff penalty, much worse than not getting a job. Just be honest and there shouldn't be a problem. If there are big skeletons in your closet, that you are afraid may be revealed by the investigation, you may want to consider a different position.
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