Updating security clearance
When completing the questionnaire, for CONFIDENTIAL and SECRET Clearances, it's necessary to provide information for the previous five years.For TOP SECRET Clearances, one must provide information for the previous ten years.It's impossible to say if any particular thing will result in denial of a security clearance.The adjudicators use the Adjudicator Guidelines to determine whether or not the individual can be trusted with our nation's secrets.The Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system (e-QIP) is part of an e-government initiative sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
The investigator(s) will attempt to obtain both favorable and unfavorable information about your background so an adjudicator can make an appropriate determination.
These inquiries are performed by one or more investigators who work in the geographic area where the information is to be obtained.
NACs, however, may be performed electronically from a central location.
This means that investigators can access any and all information about you, including sealed records, juvenile records, expunged records and medical records.
Once you complete the ESPQ, the document is sent to the Defense Security Service (DSS) (formerly the Defense Investigative Service (DIS)).