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The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive will provide effective leadership and support to the counterintelligence and security activities of the US Intelligence Community, the US Government, and US private sector entities who are at risk of intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries.


ONCIX Mission


Examples of Non-Reciprocity Issues

Below are examples of when your security clearance may not be eligible for reciprocity and gaining agencies will most likely require additional security clearance processing.


  • Your existing clearance was granted on an interim or temporary basis.

  • Your existing clearance was based on exception to standards.

  • The date of your last investigation, upon which your existing clearance is based, is older than seven years for Top Secret, 10 years for Secret, and 15 years for Confidential.

  • The position for which you are being considered requires a polygraph or a different type polygraph than you have taken in the past.

  • The position for which you are being considered has Special Access Program (SAP) requirements.

  • You are currently cleared at the Confidential or Secret level, and the position for which you are being considered requires a Top Secret clearance.

Below are examples where your concern is most likely a suitability or human resources (HR) process and is not a security clearance reciprocity issue.


  • The new employer requires you to fill out a pre-screening questionnaire for hiring purposes, which focuses on your personal character and conduct prior to be being hired.

  • The new employer requires a pre-hire medical examination.

  • The new employer requires you to fill out a Declaration for Federal Employment.
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