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

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The Investigations

So you want to know who’s digging into your past? Some investigators are federal employees and some are contract investigators working on a government contract. They all do the same work and follow the same laws, regulations, and rules. For some investigations, an investigator may interview you to expand and clarify the information you put on the security questionnaire, but for others, the investigation may take place after you have filled out the questionnaire without further input from you.

What Are Investigators Really Looking For?

As a rule of thumb, the higher the level of security clearance required for the job, the further back in your past they will go. Your chances for getting a security clearance could be greatly ...

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