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  • If you have not certified your responses, please use the navigation bar in the top right corner to navigate to the sections and questions you need to change. You will be able to change your responses and provide additional information, if needed.

    If you have certified your responses, you cannot make any changes. Please release the form to your agency. Your sponsoring agency has the ability to return the request back to you in a manner that allows you to make amendments to your form. Please contact your sponsoring agency if you would like the form to be returned to you.

    Note: Each time the form is returned to you from your sponsoring agency in e-QIP, you will need to answer all "Yes/No" questions again and resign the certification and release forms.    

     

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  • Click the "Help" link located upper left hand corner of each page general help information, or you may wish to contact the agency that sponsored you for assistance with specific sections or questions.
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  • No, all "Error" and "Warning" messages must be sufficiently satisfied before you can certify and release your e-QIP request to your sponsoring agency.
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  • If you have no first name, depending on the form you are filling out, you may have to type in the “First” name field “No First Name” or, if available on the screen, select the drop-down menu option “No First Name”. If you have no middle name, simply use the drop-down menu next to the “Middle” name field and select “No Middle Name”.
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  • Click on the link entitled "Enter Your Data" to begin entering your personal data.
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  • As a general rule, do not use your browser's Back button for navigation within the applicant section of e-QIP. Use the section navigation drop-down menu or the buttons at the bottom of the screen instead.
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  • If there is a postal code associated with the foreign address, enter it in the comment field.
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  • Security clearances are granted on a need to know basis when there is a need for access to classified information.  The reinvestigation requirements differ based on the type of clearance.  For Top Secret, the person will undergo a reinvestigation every five years.   For Secret and Confidential, the reinvestigation requirements are every 10 and 15 years, respectively.  The sponsoring agency is responsible for initiating the reinvestigation at the appropriate time.
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  • Security clearances are granted on a need-to-have basis when a person's position requires access to classified information.  When the need to access classified information ceases (such as when the person leaves the position), the clearance is administratively withdrawn.  A withdrawn clearance may be reinstated if the same level or lower access is required within two years, a reinvestigation is not due and no additional factors apply.  

    There is currently no mechanism for an agency to continue to sponsor a person's clearance when the person no longer requires the access.  Your agency security office can advise you further on your specific situation.
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  • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment.  The hiring process we use is merit based, and relies on open competition following public notice of the positions we are filling.  Should you apply for a job on USAJobs.gov, your qualifications and application materials will be evaluated.  Qualified candidates will be compiled on a list and forwarded to a hiring manager for further review.  Your financial situation would not come into play at this stage of hiring. Some positions will require a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment or your eligibility for a security clearance.  The scope of the investigation will vary, depending on the nature of the position and the degree of harm that an individual in that position could cause.  This is determined by the hiring Federal agency.  In some instances, your hiring will be contingent upon completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation.  It is at the background investigation stage that your financial situation would be considered. Adjudicators use what is called the “whole person” concept to evaluate a person.  Any potentially negative information is evaluated regarding its recency, seriousness, relevance to the position and duties, and in light of and in relationship to all other information about a person. Financial situations in your life will not necessarily impact your ability to obtain a Federal job.  We encourage you to apply for any positions in which you are interested.
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