The Defense Security Service website contains a wealth of information about personal security clearances and clearance processing for defense contractor personnel. Of particular interest to most applicants for security clearances is the information available at the Personnel Security Management Office for Industry (PSMO-I) webpage.
OPM FEDERAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES
The Office of Personnel Management Federal Investigative Services website contains links to Federal Investigative Notices and other information of interest to clearance applicants. Particular valuable is the OPM guide for Completing the 2010 SF86 in e-QIP.
S2Online & SecurityManagerInfo
These websites are a resource for new military and government security managers. “The mission of this site is to share SOPs and questions, especially for the non-Security Manager or Intelligence personnel who get thrown into an S2 (Military Security Manager) slot with no training.”
ClearanceJobs.com is a website dedicated to matching U.S. job seekers that hold an active Federal security clearance to top hiring companies searching for new employees. This site has an excellent FAQ page on security clearances that contains general information on clearances and processing, as well as special access authorizations. It also maintains an informative and well moderated Security Clearance Forum with enough knowledgeable participants to get good answers to your questions and sustain an interesting dialog.
This OPM webpage contains links to many Standard Forms, including the SF85, SF85P, SF85P-S, and SF86. At the top of the page are links to other types forms administered by OPM.
Transition Assistance Online is an e-recruiting site for employers targeting separating military members and those with security clearances seeking careers. The site was launched by former military service members as the first ever military-targeted internet job board, which provides advice to job seekers. TAOnline.com also publishes e-newsletters for transitioning service members and employers interested in hiring from the military.
The December 2005 Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility For Access to Classified Information post at the U.S. Department of State website.
ADJUDICATIVE DESK REFERENCE
This is a new unofficial guide for security clearance adjudicators created by the Defense Personnel Security Research Center (PESEREC) in June 2010.
OPM CREDENTIALING, SUITABILITY, AND SECURITY CLEARANCE DECISION-MAKING GUIDE
This guide provides a chart of suitability and security issues as they relate to HSPD-12 credentialing, federal employment suitability, and security clearance determinations.
POSTAL ZIP CODES
ZIP codes are particularly important because the computer program that processes your SF86 will use these ZIP codes to assign investigative work to various field offices. If you list the wrong ZIP code, it could result in your investigation being delayed. All post offices and most libraries have ZIP code directories.
CREDIT BUREAU REPORTS
If you are ready to apply for a security clearance, you should get a free copy of your credit reports online at www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp. This website is the one set up by the three major credit reporting companies in compliance with government requirements. You are entitled to receive one free credit file disclosure every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
REQUESTING YOUR JPAS RECORD
If you would like a printout of your Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) record, go to the Defense Manpower Data Center System of Record Notices (DMDC 12 DoD) webpage for instructions. JPAS records contain information on DOD investigations and clearance determinations.
REQUESTING DSS INVESTIGATIVE FILES
If you were previously investigated by the Defense Security Service or its predecessor, the Defense Investigative Service and you would like to get a copy of your investigative file, go to the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) System of Record Notices (DMDC 11 DoD) webpage for instructions on how to requests you investigative file. This covers DOD security clearance investigations initiated prior to 3 February 2005.
REQUESTING OPM INVESTIGATIVE FILES
If you were previously investigated by the Office of Personnel Management and would like to get a copy of the investigative file go to www.opm.gov/efoia/html/foia_contacts.asp for information on how to request the file.
If you think you might have dual citizenship, one way to find out is view the document “Citizenship Laws of the World.” It was produced in March 2001, so it’s not very current, but citizenship laws don’t change very often.
If you were born outside the United States and you have some question about your U.S. citizenship, go to www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/8/1401.html for a complete text of U.S. citizenship law under Title 8 US Code Section 1401. You can also view the section on U.S. Citizenship in the document, “Citizenship Laws of the World,” available at the OPM website cited above for Dual Citizenship.
SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION
If you don’t know your registration number, either telephone the Selective Service at 847-688-6888 or 847-688-2576 or visit their website at www.sss.gov and select the “Verify a Registration” link to get your registration number.