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July 13, 2004

Interview with Department of Defense Investigator

A previous co-worker is in the process of getting into an internship in Washington and has to provide a slew of references to get interviewed for security clearance. I met with an investigator from the Department of Defense in which I was asked to summarize the relationship with the co-worker and then answered a set of 30 or so questions (read to me from a form). I haven't been through this process before, but gather from the slew of information online that a lot of people have.

A few questions that I thought stood out:
Investigator: Describe in a few words the individual's allegance to the United States.
Me: Um, Um, Ah . . . we didn't really have any political conversations but I didn't ever hear anything negative.

Investogator: Has this person ever gained unauthorized access to one of your servers or systems?
Me: No. (thinking . . . but we sure had a lot of conversations about the different ways one *could* compromise a system)

Investigator: Does this person associate with any radical groups?
Me: What would be an example?
Investigator: Perhaps one that wears white hoods . . . there used to be a long list that started with the A and went down, the intials KKK would be something to note.
Me: No.

The investigator said that for this internship position he would do about 8 interviews. I thought that was a good number, but others here think that's pretty minimal compared to other stories.

Found this FAQ for people who are in the process of gaining clearance.

I get a little uneasy when government starts asking questions, was glad there was nothing in the interview that increased my suspicion about what they are up to in Washington. He did say that he didn't have any inside information on the War on Iraq. Bummer.

Posted by mike at July 13, 2004 1:36 PM