Security Clearances

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Special Reports: July 28, 2002 - GAO Report on Volunteer Safety and Security: Top secret clearance for APCDs: Security Clearances

By GalaxyRider ( - on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 9:48 pm: Edit Post

A VERY important clarification is needed in the discussion....Volunteers do not have a security clearance of any sort!

APCDs do since from time to time it is necessary to sit in classified meetings or view classified documents at the Embassy to discuss safety and security matters that may affect PCVs.

By Clearances ( - on Sunday, March 28, 2004 - 11:36 am: Edit Post

True. And all security clearances are on a "need to know basis". For CDs and APCDs, "need to know" pertains to the safety and security of volunteers and staff in-country. These clearances are necessary but do not mean that PC staff are reviewing numerous classified documents or attending meetings regularly in the "bubble" room -- only on occasion as warranted by the safety and security of Volunteers and staff.

Volunteers receive general background checks for criminal and legal liability records. These checks are necessary to weed out those with questionalble legal status.

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