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Career Security FAQ's Questions

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What are the three levels of clearances?

A clearance may be granted at the Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret level.

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Can I apply for positions with Fulcrum if I don’t have a security clearance?

A.  Yes, however, if the position requires an “active” clearance, your clearance must be in good standing, with access to the appropriate level. Please look at the “Clearance” section of the job description for the level.

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Do all Fulcrum positions require a security clearance?

No, not all Fulcrum positions require a security clearance. If a clearance states “Be able to Obtain and Maintain”, the clearance, if DoD, must be granted prior to starting with Fulcrum. If it is for a Public Trust, then it will be started once you are hired.

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What do the terms “active”, “current”, and an “expired” clearance mean?

A.  If you possess an “active” clearance, it means you are eligible to access classified information, on a need-to-know-basis, for the level of clearance you have been granted. A “current” security clearance means you have been granted a security clearance and are eligible to access security information, but only if your clearance has been reinstated within the last two years. An “expired” clearance means that your clearance has not been utilized within the last two years and it cannot be reinstated. The individual must go through the entire clearance application process.

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What are some of the items that can disqualify someone from obtaining a security clearance?

  • Individual is not a U.S. citizen (DoD 5220.22-M, NISPOM, Para 2-209, Dtd Feb 2006)
  • Dishonorably discharged from the military
  • You have previously had a clearance revoked
  • You have been judged by a mental health professional to be mentally incompetent

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What are some instances that might delay someone from being granted a security clearance?

  • You have been convicted of a felony within the last 10 years
  • You have a history of financial problems with heavy indebtedness and late payments over 180 days, repossessions and/or garnishments, or tax liens against you
  • You have foreign national contacts or immediate family members residing in other countries)

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