I wrote this for a previous thread, but I will put it in a seperate thread since a couple of you asked about security clearance stuff.....
(Note: I will say "He", instead of saying "your sailor" each time)
Well, I'll explain the entire process just in case someone wants to know....
He will need to get a Top Secret security clearance, along with a SSBI (Single Scope Background Investigation) access. Some of the old timers call it SBI (Special Background Investigation), but that was replaced in December 1991 with SSBI. The 1st step in getting a DOD clearance is he will be sat down and talked to. They need to see if he has any "Dirt" in his background. Does he do drugs? does he commit crimes? has he hidden anything? Does he have foreign relatives? Things like that. The investigators work for either the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) or the Defense Security Service (DSS), and the actual investigators are usually contractors, not actual government employees. Once they get done with him, then they will start on family, friends, neighboors, and school teachers. They want to find what kind of guy he is. These investigator do not determine if he is eligible or not, they are only investigators who collect the data.
The Secret clearance only takes a few months, and more than likely already approved while in DEP. However, the Top Secret, and SBI access can take months...due to the huge numbers of people that need a clearance. There is a backlog of people waiting to have their investigations started, and a huge backlog of people waiting to have their clearances adjudicated once the investigations are done.
There are only three levels of security clearances--Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret--but there are many Special Access Programs (SAP) and many individually named compartments within SCI, SAPs and SCI are categories of classified information (not clearances) that require special access authorization.
There is an SSBI which is an investigation method to grant TS clearance. Then there is an SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information) which is another level of access to a certain type of information (i.e. TS(SCI)). An SSBI is used as a determination for allowing an individual access to SCI information. SCI is a program that requires the person to go through an in-briefing prior to being granted access; this is often referred to as "being read in".
Once an investigation is complete, the information is passed to an adjudication facility, Department of the Navy Central Adjudication Facility (DONCAF). http://www.ncis.navy.mil/securitypolicy/DONCAF/Pages/default.aspx
At that point, the adjudicator uses a matrix to determine what level of clearance a person can be granted. Once the adjudication is complete, the person is granted clearance to the determined level. It is up to the command to determine what level of access the person will need. For example, if SN Stains (great name huh?, I love funnin') goes through an SSBI (they won't do these for a person who would only need access to Secret or Confidential their entire career) and is adjudicated a TS clearance, but his command has determined that the job he will be doing while there is only at the Secret level, then the command should only grant him access to Secret. Now when Petty Officer Stains transfers three years later to his new command, they determine he will need access to TS, then based on the SSBI he was granted (good for five years) he can be cleared for access to TS. Then the command decides PO Stains will need to access SCI material, they read him into the program and he now has access to TS-SCI.
Of course Need-to-Know is another thing entirely.
So there you have it.... It will take months to get the Top Secret clearance and the SCI access....
Scott's mom - Yes, for an SSBI security clearance it so normal than invertigator canvess the neighboorhood asking about your son. As stated above:
"They need to see if he has any "Dirt" in his background. Does he do drugs? does he commit crimes? has he hidden anything? Does he have foreign relatives? Things like that. The investigators work for either the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) or the Defense Security Service (DSS), and the actual investigators are usually contractors, not actual government employees. Once they get done with him, then they will start on family, friends, neighboors, and school teachers. They want to find what kind of guy he is. These investigator do not determine if he is eligible or not, they are only investigators who collect the data."
They are checking if you guys had police involvement and any other dirt that they can gain. They are investigators, they must investigate. As far as family members, yes, they must determine if you guys have police involvement too. Does your family have a history of using crack? Do you have a family member born outside the U.S.? If so, why? Stuff like that...
Per you email, I would love to see who that was from. No Government agency would ever write that. Government people would never send an email, they would have sent a letter if they thought something was wrong. Now, that could be a N4M admin that sent that to you, and they have all the rights in the world to do it. This is their website and they make the rules. But they can't dictate on something you put on another website, example Facebook. On N4M's only, here is their rule: http://www.navyformoms.com/profiles/blogs/response-to-opsec-concerns
Again, they have the right to make any rule they have for N4M's. That is the glory of owning your own website...
Frankly, I would not even acknowledge the email. It could be a scam to obtain your email address and prove that your using that email address. If this was on a public board (ie Facebook) then ask them for the offical Navy instuction so you can verify it. Remember, alot of people try to jump on the OPSEC bandwagon that haven't a clue what OPSEC is....
Now, I would agree if your son posted something on "HighTimes" website (known for drug use) and said "Man, I smoke an A-bomb yesterday" (marijuana and heroin smoked in cigarette) then I would probably take it down. Even though the Government could still get the data even after it was removed. It prevents others from searching on him. Bottomline is challenge anything that doesn't make sense. Don't give the statisfaction of telling you how to do things on a website that doesn't have a rule against it...
In honor of acknowledging our CTN's, I want to post this: Wow-hoo!
I received a call the other day from someone in the Office of Personnel Management. It went to my voicemail since I wasn't near my phone. They left me a message with their name and phone number and asked that I return their call. I did so, and had to leave a message for them as well. Does anyone know if they will just go on to talk to another person, or if they will get back to me? They asked for me by name and asked that I if this was the phone number for me to return their call. My son is in A school, just classed up on Friday and in class for CTT.