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If you are selected as an AFRL Scholar Professional, you may be required to complete the necessary paperwork to obtain a government Secret Security Clearance. A thorough investigation will be conducted on the information that you provide.
If you are a first-time professional in AFRL Scholar Professionals but already have an active security clearance or an open investigation for Secret level or higher, please read the information for Returning Scholars Professionals.
The process to obtain a Secret Security Clearance prior to the professional experience is extensive. If selected, you will be required to provide information for all of the topics below (not all topics are listed):
Immediate Disqualifiers – Several factors can affect the investigation but immediate disqualifiers are:
If for any reason a Secret Security Clearance is unable to be acquired, the offer for Scholar Professional may be rescinded.
If you are selected as an AFRL Scholar Professional and have an active security clearance, your clearance will be held by Universities Space Research Association (USRA) for the duration of your experience.
In order for your clearance to be held by USRA, you will be required to complete and submit information requested by USRA’s Facility Security Officer (FSO) within the communicated deadlines. You will also be asked to provide an update (when applicable) to your initial investigation in compliance with reporting requirements. Please see below for details.
Any individual who has been granted a personnel security clearance (PCL) by the U.S. Government is required to report the following issues to Security for investigation, resolution, and reporting to the appropriate government agency.
You must report the following types of information about yourself or other employees:
If you have a collateral CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET, or TOP SECRET clearance, you must report:
You must report when you begin to act as a representative of or consultant to any foreign entity, including a government, a government agency, a commercial business, or a person.
Security violations/vulnerabilities include:
You must immediately report any situation related to actual, probable, or possible espionage, sabotage, or subversive activities directed at the United States.
You must report:
The DoD maintains an anonymous hotline for employees to report, without fear of reprisal, known or suspected instances of serious security irregularities concerning government contracts, programs, or projects. The Defense Hotline numbers are (800) 424-9098 or (703) 693-5080. In most instances, however, reports of suspected incidents of espionage/sabotage or serious security violations should be made to USRA’s FSO.
Security FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions regarding security clearances and other related information.
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