Q: Is a position of trust the same as a public trust position?

William Henderson, FEDCAS writes:

A: “DOD uses the term “position of trust” for sensitive national security positions that don’t require a security clearance but are adjudicated using security clearance standards. Another difference is the application form–SF86 or SF85P. The SF86 has specific wording requiring the disclosure of information about expunged or sealed records, whereas the SF85P does not.”

Government jobs which do not require a security clearance but involve sensitive duties—often ones for protection of national security—demand especially knowledgeable and responsible employees. Such positions are designated as “Public Trust Positions.” Overseeing finances, inspection or compliance positions within the government are often considered Public Trust positions.

Read more about Public Trust Security Clearances.

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