Investigation Of A Security Clearance For A Position Impacting Our National Security

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I.INTRODUCTION Background investigations are an essential aspect of the vetting process for both employees and potential employees of the US Federal, State, and Local governments and private sector companies that provide support, services and products to these government entities. These investigations are conducted to determine the suitability of the subject of the investigation to hold a security clearance for a position impacting our national security. Many of the individuals hired by the aforementioned organizations are placed in positions which require a security clearance. Based on the type of clearance, the person has access to information that is crucial to implementation of the missions of US government entities and private…show more content…
II. INSIDER THREATS The purpose of US Federal Government background investigations is to determine if individuals are deemed acceptable for employment within the US government, and more importantly, prevent individuals of malafied intent from gaining access to a position impacting the US national security. Properly executed background investigations can greatly diminish the possibility of a potential insider threat obtaining access to classified information, which can cause the US great harm and the US government great embarrassment. Prior to the founding of the United States of America, the insider threat has hindered the security of a nation. It is written that the outward destruction of a country results from the inward turmoil of its government. Numerous historical accounts of internal conflicts endangering the welfare of countries are present in the history books of most countries. In most instances, the conflict occurred within the governmental structure of the nation. Regarding internal threats, the US government is not immune from this imminent danger. Constantly, there are numerous threat to US government operations that are undetected. Although the US government Most recently, the breach of security of former National Security Agency (NSA) employee, Edward Snowden, and the ongoing saga of events surrounding his dubious departure from his home country have permeated the media of countries around the world. The Snowden case is “the latest in the

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