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Old 01-25-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Broadlands, VA
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Does anyone know how hard it would be to obtain a security clearance if I had filed Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy? Is this a deal breaker or is there hope. Looking for honest answers for anyone who has been thru the process. What are they looking for, there are no bodies under my floor boards or skeletons lurking in my closets.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:47 AM
 
Location: somewhere
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Does anyone know how hard it would be to obtain a security clearance if I had filed Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy? Is this a deal breaker or is there hope. Looking for honest answers for anyone who has been thru the process. What are they looking for, there are no bodies under my floor boards or skeletons lurking in my closets.

first and foremost be honest, if they catch you lying on anything it is an almost immediate denial

second probably depends on your reasons for bankruptcy and how long ago it was, whether or not you have kept your obligations since then


you can at least try it and see
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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Thats pretty much my job, determining Clearances. And as long as you are honest, have all evidence, any debts, any past debts, any problems you report them. But overall, you should be good. We understand the status of the economy too.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Thats pretty much my job, determining Clearances. And as long as you are honest, have all evidence, any debts, any past debts, any problems you report them. But overall, you should be good. We understand the status of the economy too.
That's pretty valuable advice right there. I've always been told the number one thing they look at is honesty and after that dealing with any problems responsibly.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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That's pretty valuable advice right there. I've always been told the number one thing they look at is honesty and after that dealing with any problems responsibly.
And also that it isn't something you feel you need to hide (aka not something you could be blackmailed over).
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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And also that it isn't something you feel you need to hide (aka not something you could be blackmailed over).
What's funny is that a lot of the stuff people worry about getting blackmailed over are things the govt. has made illegal. It's often the government that puts people in that position.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Broadlands, VA
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Thanks everyone, some friends of mine who have been cleared just told me to be honest and upfront about everything which I would be anyway and I would be ok.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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Thats pretty much my job, determining Clearances. And as long as you are honest, have all evidence, any debts, any past debts, any problems you report them. But overall, you should be good. We understand the status of the economy too.
thanks for this post, nice to hear from someone who does clearances, it can be a nerve racking process
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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Thats the myth though, Clearances are just checks, we know hippies smoked weed, we know people forget payments, we know not everyone wants to do their vacation in Florida and occasionally go out of country. It happens to all of us, its all about honesty, because mention it or not, we will find out =)
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Thats pretty much my job, determining Clearances.
While we're on the subject, I have a dumb question that's sort of related to the topic. What happens if you don't pass a clearance? Are you given the bill for the background check? The reason I ask is I know some people who won't even apply for a job because they don't want to have to go through a background check. I say, why not just go ahead and see how it goes. If the worst happens and you don't pass, you're no worse off than you were before having the background check done... but of course, what do I know? So, since you do know.... Does a failed background check hurt your career, or do you get billed for it?

This particular person is in AA and went through an alcohol treatment program. He sold pot to his friends a few times when he was in the 10th grade, about 20-25 years ago. He wasn't busted for it, but as part of his recovery program he's been open about it. He's talked about his story at many AA meetings, so it's no secret. He's worried that this is the reason he might not get a security clearance.

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