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

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Chapter 8
Background Check and Security Clearance
In This Chapter
♦ Why the government does a background check on all potential employees
♦ Levels of clearance
♦ How much time it takes to get through the process
♦ Why you might be denied clearance—and a job
An essential part of determining whether a potential employee (you) is suitable for federal employment is the background check, which can take up to several months, depending on the job and the type of investigation the position requires.
Jobs that require greater trust in the employees due to the nature of the duties usually require a more in-depth investigation. This is particularly true of positions that may entail access to sensitive information or require a security clearance. ...

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