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    Default How to report an agency to Cabinet Office re security clearance pre-requisite

    In response to my application for a role requiring security clearance, I have just received an email from the agent saying "can you confirm if you currently have active SC Security clearance as this is a pre-requisite for the role."

    I have pointed out to them that they cannot make it a pre-requisite as that is against Government guidelines as per Document Moved

    I don't expect it to make any difference, but was wondering how this should be reported to the Cabinet Office

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFaQQer View Post
    vettinggroup@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

    Take a screenshot / print to PDF and send it to them with a URL.
    Gov dropped the GSI out of the emails so try that first but should help you find the proper one.
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    Actually I did it.. It's here...

    United Kingdom Security Vetting:Referee, Supervisor, Hiring Managers and Contractors - GOV.UK

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    Guidance on security clearance for companies who bid for MOD contracts
    You do not need to hold security clearances to bid for UK Government work advertised in the Official Journal of the European Community and other sources. Government contracting procedures make sure that there is no competitive advantage in having prior security clearances. Requests for clearances must be raised during the contractual process.

    The Statement of HMG Personnel Security and National Security Vetting Policy (Annex A)‘HMG Personnel Security Controls’ mandates that individuals should not be expected to hold an existing security clearance in order to apply for posts that require vetting, except where such posts are short term and need to be filled urgently. Otherwise, advertising for staff that already hold a security clearance is contrary to government policy, unnecessary and potentially discriminatory, as laid out in the Cabinet Office code of practice document, ‘Recruiting for vacancies requiring National Security Vetting Clearance’.

    Any individual who sees such a criterion specified in advertisements when seeking employment can inform the Cabinet Office by forwarding full details of the post and the employer to the following email address: vettinggroup@cabinetoffice.gov.uk. Concerns can also be raised through the Public Procurement Review Service
    Although the bolded bit kinda blows your situation out of the water. We all pick on the filled urgently bit but with 'short term' being in there as well then it appears the agencies have free reign to ask for existing clearance.

    I wouldn't bother if I were you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fidot View Post
    In response to my application for a role requiring security clearance, I have just received an email from the agent saying "can you confirm if you currently have active SC Security clearance as this is a pre-requisite for the role."

    I have pointed out to them that they cannot make it a pre-requisite as that is against Government guidelines as per Document Moved

    I don't expect it to make any difference, but was wondering how this should be reported to the Cabinet Office
    just say yes.
    This is just the agent checking as they don't want you to be binned after 3 weeks when if you can't get clearance.

    If they ask for proof tell them it's held by the current sponsor and they are only willing to transfer to a new sponsor and not provide copies for individuals.
    If you have any evidence of having it in the past give that to the agent.

    Reporting them is only going to prevent you getting the role.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance View Post
    just say yes.
    This is just the agent checking as they don't want you to be binned after 3 weeks when if you can't get clearance.

    If they ask for proof tell them it's held by the current sponsor and they are only willing to transfer to a new sponsor and not provide copies for individuals.
    If you have any evidence of having it in the past give that to the agent.
    How is any of the going to work if he doesn't hold clearance?? What a waste of everyones time. If he doesn't it's also lying.
    Reporting them is only going to prevent you getting the role.
    It will? How?
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    This has always annoyed me - Gov say don't add it as a pre-req, Gov dept asks for role with clearance as a pre-req, Agency is blamed. No client ever says 'I'm happy to take a candidate and wait for clearance' - it's always if they can't fill the role that may be considered. Annoying but something the Gov should be fully in control of as it's often coming from them (or a consoirtia/project funded by them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComplianceLady View Post
    This has always annoyed me - Gov say don't add it as a pre-req, Gov dept asks for role with clearance as a pre-req, Agency is blamed. No client ever says 'I'm happy to take a candidate and wait for clearance' - it's always if they can't fill the role that may be considered. Annoying but something the Gov should be fully in control of as it's often coming from them (or a consoirtia/project funded by them).
    Dig a little deeper. Any HMG Agency or Department will not specify that clearance is required for applicants

    the problem is consultancies working for HMG who CBA to manage cleared staff (despite them having to include funding in their tenders) or agencies who have a quick way to cut down the lists.

    But I agree with the others. If you don't have active SC within the last year, don't even bother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
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    United Kingdom Security Vetting:Referee, Supervisor, Hiring Managers and Contractors - GOV.UK



    Although the bolded bit kinda blows your situation out of the water. We all pick on the filled urgently bit but with 'short term' being in there as well then it appears the agencies have free reign to ask for existing clearance.

    I wouldn't bother if I were you.
    Thanks, NLUK

    I'm going to report them. Their justification was "our client are a large government organisation and due to the nature of the data that contractors will access they have a requirement for security clearance.", so the bolded bit you quoted doesn't really apply - it's a more widely-held position.

    TBH, I don't believe for a minute that reporting them will make any difference, but matters definitely won't improve by not reporting them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance View Post
    Reporting them is only going to prevent you getting the role.
    They've already said they won't put me forward due to no SC, so I have nothing to lose.

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    So, I reported it to the email address and got the following response



    Address not found
    Your message wasn't delivered to vettinggroup@cabinetoffice.gov.uk because the address couldn't be found or is unable to receive email.



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