Citizenship and Security Clearances

Proof of citizenship will be required upon award. Please be advised, if family members are not U.S. citizens, some agencies may be unable to process the participant for the appropriate security clearance. Every effort will be made to assign eligible students to DoD organizations without such restrictions but alternative placement is not guaranteed. Failure to obtain and maintain a security clearance is grounds for dismissal from the SMART Program.  Applicants must be citizens of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application.

 

Employment Suitability

Applicants will be subject to an employment suitability determination. Suitability is defined as identifiable character traits and conduct sufficient to determine whether an individual is likely or not likely to be able to carry out the duties of a Federal job with appropriate integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness.

SUITABILITY FACTORS

  • MISCONDUCT OR NEGLIGENCE IN EMPLOYMENT
  • CRIMINAL or DISHONEST CONDUCT
  • MATERIAL INTENTIONAL FALSE STATEMENT or DECEPTION or FRAUD IN EXAMINATION or APPOINTMENT
  • REFUSAL TO FURNISH TESTIMONY as required under the Civil Service laws, rules, and regulations
  • ALCOHOL ABUSE of a nature and duration which suggests that the applicant or appointee would be prevented from performing the duties of the position in question or would constitute a direct threat to the property or safety of others
  • ILLEGAL USE OF NARCOTICS, DRUGS, OR OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, without evidence of substantial rehabilitation
  • KNOWING AND WILLFUL ENGAGEMENT IN ACTS OR ACTIVITIES TO OVERTHROW THE U.S. GOVERNMENT BY FORCE
  • Any STATUTORY or REGULATORY BAR which prevents the lawful employment of the person involved in the position in question
  • If you are currently a dual citizen and/or possess a passport for a non-United States country you may be asked to renounce your foreign citizenship and relinquish possession of your foreign passport to your security office.

For Additional detailed information and guidance please consultant the Office of Personnel Management Website: http://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations

For Frequently Asked Questions see http://www.opm.gov/faqs/topic/investigate/

Please consult the current web page from the Office of Personnel Management and a copy of the standard U.S. security clearance questionnaire (SF86) to determine your eligibility for a security clearance.  ASEE does not evaluate security clearance questionnaires. 

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