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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Getting Government Jobs by Partnership for Public Service

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Levels of Clearance

Government uses background checks to ensure that all employees are “reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and loyal to the United States.” However, while every government employee goes through a background check, not everyone will need to receive a security clearance investigation, particularly if the job does not require the candidate to handle sensitive or classified information.

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