How far back does a security clearance go?
Security Clearance Adjudicative Process The clearance process for Secret level access uses an investigation called the National Agency Check with Law and Credit that goes back five years, while the clearance process for Top Secret uses a Single Scope Background Investigation that goes back ten years.
Does a secret clearance require a polygraph?
A polygraph test may be required as an add-on requirement to a Top Secret or TS/SCI clearance depending upon the job or hiring organization. The CIA is an example of an organization that requires all of its employees to pass a full-scope polygraph test – even its cleaning staff!
Can anxiety make you fail a polygraph?
“The polygraph examiner is supposed to take baseline readings and account for medical conditions like anxiety,” explains Bigley. So, yes, anxiety plays a role, as do medications that affect heart rate and blood pressure.”
Can you fail a lie detector test and still be telling the truth?
According to Goodson, some people who are telling the truth can fail polygraph tests by trying too hard to control their body’s responses. A 2011 meta-analysis by the American Polygraph Association found that polygraph tests using comparison questions had incorrect outcomes about 15% of the time.
Can you cheat on a lie detector test?
Yes, it is possible to lie and pass a polygraph. Then don’t bite your tongue when actually lying on the real questions and it’ll come across as the truth. According to Tice (2012), daydreaming while answering questions can help too, as it distracts your mind from the pressure.