Publication Date

9-9-2013

Abstract

[Excerpt] The security clearance process is designed to determine the trustworthiness of an individual prior to granting him or her access to classified national security information. The process has evolved since the early 1950s, with antecedents dating to World War II. This report highlights some of the fundamental aspects of the process by providing answers to frequently asked questions.

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Suggested Citation
Christensen, M. D. & Kaiser, F. M. (2013). Security clearance process: Answers to frequently asked questions. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.

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