What does "Security Clearance" mean?

A security clearance is a status granted by the United States government that determines a person’s ability to access and view documents of national security. Security clearances can be issued by many United States government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Justice, and the NSA or CIA. There are two ways by which you can obtain a security clearance:

1. by joining the United States military or

2. by being sponsored by an employer who is able to process candidates to receive clearances.

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  • Topic #: 15067-18
  • Date Created: 2/18/2010
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