– June 09, 2010 11:02 AM Permalink
A. Derrick Dortch : I would say yes. 2009 was not that long ago and if your resume really shows that you are exceptionally qualified the fact that you have a recently expired clearance would be attractive to government contractor firms. They would look at it in a way that I have a clearable person who is in the system. If your information has not changed then you should be able to get a new secret, Top Secret or hire without too much of a problem. The key is to make sure that you have a powerful resume that sells you and then have the part on there that shows you have a clearance that sells you even more. I hope that helps. Take care and I wish you much success.
– June 09, 2010 11:17 AM
Q. Using a clearance to increase salary: If one has a clearance and decides to leave in order to take a position with a private contractor, will the clearance automatically transfer? And will the contractor be required to keep me employed as long as I have the clearance?
– June 09, 2010 10:55 AM Permalink
A. Derrick Dortch : Hello and thanks for your question. If a person has a clearance and they leave the government or military to go to a position where the same clearance is needed then yes the clearance will transfer over. If a higher level clearance is needed then you will have to go through a background investigation and security clearance process again but based on your clearance level it may not take as long for you to get a higher clearance. Now to answer your question about a contractor being required to keep you. No, there is no requirement for a contractor to keep you. The fact is you can be fired at any time if the contractor is unhappy with your performance, or if you do something wrong, etc. You can also be laid off. This is sometimes the drawback of government contracting work. There are some benefits but some do not like the lack of stability if provides in comparison to working for the government or even being in the military. Your clearance does not protect you from being terminated or a lay off. I hope this answers your questions. Take care and I wish you much success.
– June 09, 2010 11:24 AM
Q. Want a TS/SCI I won't talk about my clearance level : I love the company I work for. However I want to move up, get a TS/SCI and do the polygraph. My company has NO work that requires this level of clearance. Other people who have these clearances have "freelance" work where they perform annual ISO/CMMI management audits for other companies that have TS/SCI contracts. I want to do that sort of work and would do so for almost no money at all if the company could support me getting SCI. What are my options?
– June 08, 2010 11:17 PM
A. Derrick Dortch : Honestly, you have three options. 1. Wait for your company to get new contracts requiring a SCI clearance and then make sure you are put on it. 2. Get a Federal Position or join the military and be in a job that requires a TS/SCI. 3. Find another contractor job that will give clear you to that level. Outside of those three options there is really nothing you can do. If you love the company you work for and you see continued growth with them you may want to hang in there and find out what is coming in terms of contracts that require SCI clearance they are bidding on and may have a good chance of winning in the future. If you have displayed loyalty and good work then they may reward you with getting on the new project and getting you cleared at the SCI level with a poly. If not I would suggest you begin looking at options 2 and 3 and start with option 2. I hope this helps. Take care and I wish you much success