Security Clearance 101: The Lowest Level of Security Clearance Needed for Overseas Contractors

Post Date: March 25, 2015 | Category: General Information

Professional Overseas Contractors -
A National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) is a background investigation primarily for government employees who will not have access to classified information. This investigation is appropriate for positions designated as public trust positions that require responsible and trustworthy employees, but with no national security impact.

The primary reason that the NACI is not an appropriate investigation for a security clearance is that a credit check is not required. When a security clearance adjudicator makes a clearance determination, the decision is based on the whole person concept as related to 13 adjudication criteria. These criteria are designed to help assess whether or not a person has demonstrated trustworthiness to protect classified information. Trustworthiness depends on a person’s allegiance to the United States, character and health issues. For example, what a person spends money on, timeliness of payments, relationships, and etc. are identified in credit reports. The credit check goes a long way in addressing all three issues. Therefore the NACI is not thorough enough to make a security clearance determination.

An example of a position that requires a NACI is for those performing information technology roles. These professionals are privy to sensitive but unclassified government and contractor information that reside on computer systems and networks. This information includes, technical data, personnel records, contract data, programmatic details and etc. Because of the sensitivity, a background investigation is required.

The NACI is good for 5 years and the elements include a completed National Agency Check where federal agency databases are queried and a law enforcement check. Written correspondence is required to verify education, employment and character references.


4 Responses to “Security Clearance 101: The Lowest Level of Security Clearance Needed for Overseas Contractors”

  1. Avatar

    Comment made by David Kopanski on Nov 12th 2013 at 8:22 PM:

    I was well on my way to having a job with DynCorp International that required a Secret Clearance when the investigation turned up a time in 1971 when I went camping in Canada and brought a .22 caliber target gun with me. At the time, I didn’t know that any handgun is illegal in Canada. My fault in that I did not check first.
    Then, I had a disagreement with the IRS about the wages that I earned while working as a contractor in Iraq between 10/2005 and 10/2009. This carried on past the point that DynCorp was willing to wait, so the position was awarded to someone else. Later, the IRS found that what I had filed was correct and paid me the tax refund that I had originally filed.
    My question is: since (I believe)everything in my past is cleared up, is there any way to find out if I would be a candidate for a clearance? I would really like to re-enter the contracting arena, but I don’t want anything to hamper a new application for clearance that an interested company might undertake. Thanks.

  2. Avatar

    Comment made by Hussein on May 1st 2014 at 3:45 AM:

    Hi there, i used work with the U.S Army as a translator, interpreter and cultural adviser over seas in Iraq. Is there any chance to have a job overseas? Also, I have a security clearance. Best Regards

  3. Avatar

    Comment made by Muhamed Jaganjac on Aug 21st 2014 at 2:19 PM:

    I have a question: Is it possible to get Security Clearance 101 as TCN (Third Country National)?

  4. Avatar

    Comment made by John Namadowa on Aug 22nd 2014 at 2:12 PM:

    I have try to apply for security job or Heavy track driver but invain.I real wish to be part of the employees.Please advice me on what to do.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.