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Another security clearance question
« on: Jun 18, 2008, 01:33 »
A little background, I graduated college last year and started working at the Savannah River Site and I received my DOE Q clearance there.  I worked there for about 8 months and then started a job at a nuclear design firm.  I wanted to get to an operating plant so I just recently received an offer to work at one.

I did receive my Q clearance, but I always worry about bad credit history.  About 5 years ago, I had some charge-offs and just let them go on my credit report without paying them off.  The DOE talked to me about it, I was honest (it was either I finish school or drop out and get a full time job to pay off the debts that I accumulated with an ex-girlfriend) and they gave me a clearance. 

Should I have any problem getting my unescorted access clearance at a nuke plant?  I have no other negatives on my record.  I believe that my Q clearance would be higher than any I would get at a Nuke plant, but I think I’m correct in saying that the company does its own clearance instead of the DOE.   Would I recently receiving a Q clearance really help me out in getting my UA clearance?  I just don’t want to leave one job and start another and be told that I did not get a clearance.

Thanks for all help!

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Re: Another security clearance question
« Reply #1 on: Jun 20, 2008, 06:09 »
A Q clearance requires a far more intensive investigation than getting an unescorted access at a commercial nuke.  Unfortunately they are in no way related.  Having said that, the worst that might happen is that you have another discussion about the credit history.
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