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    I was just surfing the web through different federal law enforcement agencies and came across that Special Agent positions required a top secret security clearance.

    My question is: If you have already obtained a top secret clearance or currently have a TS clearance, do they reinvestigate you or do they use the information that USIS already gathered? What if you've had a TS clearance in the past but it expired maybe a year ago (hypothetical), would they just update the information or go through all your references, work history, etc?

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    Originally posted by Arewethereyet View Post
    I was just surfing the web through different federal law enforcement agencies and came across that Special Agent positions required a top secret security clearance.

    My question is: If you have already obtained a top secret clearance or currently have a TS clearance, do they reinvestigate you or do they use the information that USIS already gathered? What if you've had a TS clearance in the past but it expired maybe a year ago (hypothetical), would they just update the information or go through all your references, work history, etc?
    From my experience, they will re investigate and also from what I understand; A DoD clearance will not really transfer to a say DoJ. They'll re do. Yeah it'll make it a little quicker, but still a pain in the yahoooo.
    Dispatch, we have a 9-11, Armed Robbery in progress. Seay's Surplus Store, corner People's Drive and 124th Street.

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    • #3
      In a very real sense your prior clearance just makes things tougher, in that you've now have far more things for someone to look at than some 19 year old kid who's lived in one house, with his parents, and has had one job his whole life.

      On the other hand, you've already been cleared once. Unless you've screwed up somewhere along the way the only thing you've likely got to worry about is when, not if, you're cleared.

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      • #4
        I just asked the same question a few weeks ago to a DLA Security Specialist. They will re-investigate, and will collect any other SF forms you filed out in the past. Yes it will make it easier, but all the info has to jive in order to go along smoothly. I gathered that it was nothing more that a current up-to-date form.

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        • #5
          There have been numerous attempts, especially lately, to find ways to make clearances more transferable between agencies and departments. Most seem to fail.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Group 29 View Post
            There have been numerous attempts, especially lately, to find ways to make clearances more transferable between agencies and departments. Most seem to fail.
            Well ya..its the Federal gov we're talking about here :P
            Dispatch, we have a 9-11, Armed Robbery in progress. Seay's Surplus Store, corner People's Drive and 124th Street.

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            • #7
              Depends on the break in time. Even with the TS that required an SBI(Special Background Investigation), you still have to do periodic "bring-ups". I heard the Feds are swamped again doing all the investigations on legal americans so the illegals can slip through so your background checks could take awhile.

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              • #8
                I believe those periodic updates are every five years...right?

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                • #9
                  I beleive they are every five years!!!
                  Your Gauging Intelligence From An Ignorant Scale

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vacop4274 View Post
                    I beleive they are every five years!!!
                    They are every five years, which is a good reason to always keep copies of your SF-86s for the next time around.

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                    • #11
                      Whoever said transferring them is hard is correct. Thats is because the agency that gives you the TS is responsible to make sure you are worthy of trust. The has been a push to allow TS's to transfer because of the backlog of TS clearances, I think I read in the paper that the Pres. was going to sign it.

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                      • #12
                        The best part was that if you log into e-qip, the SF86 is online and stores your information for you!

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                        • #13
                          They will reinvestigate you pretty much guranteed.

                          That being said though, a bill was passed recently (cant remember name of it) that makes ALL goverment security backgrounds interchangable. The bill mandates though that all agencies must comply by like 2012 or something. So the issue is being resolved at least.

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                          • #14
                            They will reinvestigate you pretty much guranteed.

                            That being said though, a bill was passed recently (cant remember name of it) that makes ALL goverment security backgrounds interchangable. The bill mandates though that all agencies must comply by like 2012 or something. So the issue is being resolved at least.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Arewethereyet View Post
                              The best part was that if you log into e-qip, the SF86 is online and stores your information for you!
                              I've got my first E-quip, or Q-tip, or whatever coming up for my next one I guess. After watching everyone else in the office fight their way through it, I'm not looking forward to it.

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