Security Clearance Myths: You Can Pay for Your Own Background Investigation



Many people assume their employer has to pay for their security clearance, but if you’re working for a defense contractor, that’s not the case. Only the government currently pays for background investigations, with costs paid out to using appropriated funds. Employers do carry incidental costs related to maintaining a personnel security program, including employing a Facility Security Officer or maintaining a SCIF – but keeping individuals cleared isn’t one of the costs.

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1 thought on “Security Clearance Myths: You Can Pay for Your Own Background Investigation”

  1. jake du says:

    So… I work for a start-up and our ability to win federal jobs would be enhanced by members of the team having some level of clearance. If I understand your messages, there is no cost to US (me/my team) to apply for a clearance right? Any expenses/costs are incurred by the sponsor or in essence the government. Right?

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