How to request information regarding your security clearance.
Your Facility Security Officer (FSO) may inquire about the status of your security clearance. All National Industrial Security Program (NISP) cleared contractors use the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) (official personnel security clearance database management system for DoD and other government users).
The Personnel Security Investigation (PSI) on which the clearance is based can be either “current” or “expired.” Generally, if the PSI is out-of-date (expired) or there has been a break-in-service of two years or more, a person must be nominated for a new clearance, and must complete a new application in the same manner as a person who never had a clearance.
If you’re not currently employed, you have additional options to determine your clearance expiration date. If you’re on friendly terms with your last employer or security officer, you can make an inquiry of them. Alternatively, you can request a copy of your security clearance investigation status through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request through your sponsoring agency. For the majority of clearance holders, a privacy act request through DCSA provides the necessary information.
Once you’ve obtained your security clearance status, be sure to update your ClearanceJobs profile with your expiration date and other details.
Using common defense contractor terminology, a security clearance is not considered as “expired” until 24 months from leaving a job that required access to classified information. Candidates should note key dates in the Clearance Notes section of their candidate profile, to give employers clearer understanding of current statuses.