Our Hiring Process
There is no "typical" application processing time. However, since every applicant is required to have a Top Secret/Special Intelligence clearance, you should expect that the process is longer than normally experienced in private industry (usually 45-60 days).
If you are identified as competitively qualified for a position, the average time for processing is generally three to six months, but depending on a variety of individual factors, the processing time may take up to approximately a year.
Those factors may include:
The Clearance Process
The background investigation helps determine the applicant's honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, discretion, and unquestioned loyalty to the United States. During the background investigation, previous and current employment, education and residence are verified, and interviews are conducted with knowledgeable sources such as friends, neighbors, supervisors, and co-workers. In addition, credit and police checks are conducted to ensure that the applicant meets the high personnel security standards for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. A personal interview with each applicant is conducted to review the security forms completed and discuss the required topics necessary to help NSA adjudicate the applicant's eligibility for a security clearance.
Our best word of advice is to be completely candid during the security processing and your cooperation will help the security process go more smoothly and quickly. This begins with completing all the security forms completely and honestly.
For questions concerning the application process, please contact NSA Recruitment & Staffing at 1-866-NSA-HIRE (1-866-672-4473) or e-mail customercare@NSA.gov.
Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Reviewed: Jan 15, 2009