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Background Checkers Soliciting Neighbors?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Hoofbite, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Is the guy they were doing a background check on in the military? Work for the government? That's pretty standard procedure for someone trying to get a TS (Top Secret clearance).

    And "Control" doesn't have a dang thing to do about. It's called being smart. Think they should just hand out TSC's to anyone that wants it? (this isn't addressed to anyone in particular).
  2. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    That's nothing. You should see what they do for people trying to get a TS.
  3. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    Kil just went through this for the new job he just took with a government agency. We had to provide names/info of 2 neighbors at every place we've lived in the last 7 years. The questions our neighbors were asked were exactly what was mentioned above.

    A friend of ours that works for the court system in Washington state had them doing the same type of check, except his went back about 10 years and they spoke to his teachers/classmates from high school.
  4. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I doubt he's military but could be. Never seen him uniform.
  5. BoysFan4ever

    BoysFan4ever Well-Known Member

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    I had a neighbor who applied for a job with the FBI.

    They did come by & ask me questions about him.
  6. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Not at all.

    I was suggesting it's unlikely she'd use such an elaborate cover story, because it'd be a lot easier to go with something simpler that wouldn't raise any eyebrows.
  7. CliffnMesquite

    CliffnMesquite Well-Known Member

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    If she was standing to the side of the door. She was some type of Cop.
  8. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    He doesn't have to be military. Many civilians get clearances. You can't work in certain jobs unless you get a clearance. And if you lose the clearance (say for foreclosure or arrest) you almost automatically lose your job.
  9. Jammer

    Jammer Retired Air Force Guy Zone Supporter

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    That's what I said. I was getting a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  10. 03EBZ06

    03EBZ06 Need2Speed

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    Well I have a TS clearance, along with proprietary clearance and I know it requires a very thorough and extensive background investigations, which by the way is very costly for my company. Yes, neighbors, friends, family members are asked about my behaviors, associations, activities...etc
  11. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Good point.
  12. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Ah I missed the "Top". My bad.
  13. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    That's not really true. For Top Secret yeah they will interview neighbors but they also get their names from the applicant ahead of time, as well as call. They don't just show up on your doorstep all creepy like and then start asking questions like that.

    For regular security clearance, they will call your 3 personal references and anybody you live with, but this sounds either odd, or like he's applied for a higher level security clearance.
  14. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    I think they tend to call first before they start knocking on random people's doors. I guess it depends whether it's an apartment building or houses though. They will definitely ask people if they know the person.

    Hoof do you remember if she had a DoD badge?
  15. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I didn't really look at the badge all that much. I wouldn't know how to tell the difference between a Chuck E Cheese badge or DoD badge without reading any inscriptions and I didn't really look at it for all that long.
  16. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Been offline for a few days, just seeing this...as others have already said, this is pretty typical for what is actually called an "SBI", security background investigation, in order to get the official okey-dokey for a Top Secret or higher clearance approved. I had the "or higher" part for about a decade and underwent several of these SBI checks, and yes, they are pretty thorough to the point of in-person or telephone interviews like this.
  17. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    This.....
  18. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    This is nothing more than a SSBI investigation for someone who you either know or lived near you. Typically they do knock on neighbors doors unannounced because they are looking for other sources of information. People who the applicant provide are not good sources because they are the applicants friends. They tend to ask them for people that know the applicant and talk to neighbors to see if they can turn anything up. You really can't hurt the applicant by not saying anything because it is about the applicants background, not people who refuse to talk. Nothing can be hurt by telling him someone talked to you. He knows already. I am 100% this is not a criminal investigation.

    FYI there is nothing above Top Secret, only compartmented information.

    Some of yall are some nuts. LOL but then again I have had a clearance my whole adult life so this stuff is pretty normal to me.
  19. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    SCI is above TS. Yes, it is Compartmented as is other access above TS, such as Gamma. And the list goes on. You can have a TS only, but the additional compartments based on need to know and access granted are all "above" TS. Or so it used to be, I thought.

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