TSA security clearence


#1

I have been going through the hiring process with Homeland Security for the last 9 months. I completed the SF-86 and have a check mark over each category with the exception of medical and one other category. My medical will be approved when I send in a form from my doctor. Do you know what Security Clearance I will get approved for? My understanding is all TSA agents aren’t required to complete and pass the SF-86. I wasn’t given a choice. I was given access to “Secure area’s” within the airport while I was an employee of American Airlines so I could work international flights. I was badged by the City of Phoenix. I had to renew that badge every 2 years. Just wondering if all the time I have put into this process will result in some type of clearance.


#2

None. If you need one in the future (for example supervisory position) they’ll have your T3 investigation to work with or initiate a T5.


#3

Does the federal government require every new hire and current employee to complete and pass a SF-86 every so often? A T3 and or T5 is a re-investigation. As a taxpayer and a Contract Administrator that manage DOD contracts it is a waste of money to require potential employees to under go a SF-86 for a unsecure position.


#4

You don’t directly address it, but I’m assuming your original question is in relation to TSO?

In any case… position dictates the tiered investigation needed - T2 through 5 require initial investigations and reinvestigations (T2R, T3R, etc.). This has been the case for years but under what is now referred to as legacy case types (SSBI, SSBI-PR, BI, PPR, etc.).

Tier 3 and 5 are national security related, thus requiring the SF86 investigation (and 2, 4 require the 85P for public trust). The employee may not require access to classified information, so a clearance may not be granted. But favorable adjudication can be used as the basis for a clearance down the road. The “need-to-know.”

I wouldn’t consider doing a reasonably thorough vetting of those in positions who directly support a national security function to be a waste of money.


#5

The background investigations are also used in cases where there is a sensitivity or risk management factor.

Not every armed Federal law enforcement agent needs access to TS material, but almost all go the the Tier 5 background investigation before being cut loose on the American public.

Same thing for background investigators, you may never need the Q or TS access, but because of the high risk to internal security, you have to pass the Tier 5.

Some positions are not as high risk so they do the Tier 3 or Tier 4, etc.