The Right to Request a Security Clearance for Equal Opportunity Employment

The Right to Request a Security Clearance for Equal Opportunity Employment

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Sarah Gueho started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and

American citizens should have the right to request a background check in order to obtain a security clearance (or pending clearance that will take affect once they have been employed).

In 2019 $404 billion of taxpayer money was spent on the defense contracting industry. Yet the typical American is barred from seeking employment in this industry. Most government contractors only consider candidates that have an active security clearance. These companies can sponsor a candidate for a clearance, but rarely do because it can take many months to come in, and there is no guarantee that they will pass the background check, which would put them even further behind. This makes it an extreme hardship for companies to consider candidates without a clearance, so by and large, they are not considered. An American citizen cannot request the government run a background check for a security clearance, even if they were willing to cover the costs. In fact, there is no path for a person to get a clearance outside of already having a job that requires one. This means that the only way a person could be considered for positions with most government contractors is if they have already held a government position that required a clearance, or if a company is willing to make an exception and sponsor them.

This is an unacceptable barrier to entry in an industry that is almost entirely funded by taxpayer money.

This issue is particularly difficult for military spouses who already face other types of employment discrimination and difficulties. Many military installations are in rural areas without many employment opportunities except for a thriving defense contracting industry, that they are barred from entering.

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