Security Clearance Q&A

Obtaining Information On Your Clearance Expiration Date

Your Facility Security Officer (FSO) may inquire about the status of your security clearance. All National Industrial Security Program (NISP) cleared contractors use JPAS (official personnel security clearance database management system for DoD and other government users).

The Personnel Security Investigation (PSI) on which the clearance is based can be either “current” or “expired.” Generally, if the PSI is out-of-date (expired) or there has been a break-in-service of two years or more, a person must be nominated for a new clearance, and must complete a new application in the same manner as a person who never had a clearance.

FOIA AND PRIVACY ACT REQUESTS

If you’re not currently employed, you have additional options to determine your clearance expiration date. If you’re on friendly terms with your last employer or security officer, you can make an inquiry of them. Alternatively, you can request a copy of your security clearance investigation status through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request through your sponsoring agency. For the majority of clearance holders, a privacy act request through the Defense Manpower Data Center provides the necessary information.

Once you’ve obtained your security clearance status, be sure to update your ClearanceJobs profile with your expiration date and other details.

What if my security clearance expiration date has passed?

Using common defense contractor terminology, a security clearance is not considered as “expired” until 24 months from leaving a job that required access to classified information. Security clearance investigations can be “out of scope” if the date to complete a periodic reinvestigation has passed without the investigation being completed. Due to the current investigation backlog as well as pushes to continuous monitoring of cleared personnel, many candidates with security clearance are still working even though their latest investigation is “out of scope.” Candidates should note key dates in the Clearance Notes section of their candidate profile, to give employers clearer understanding of current statuses.

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