Student position description
The Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT) has been asked to perform a study on the Department of Energy's DOE use of security clearances and need-to-know policies and practices. DOE is unique among federal agencies that handle national security information due to its use of L- and Q-clearances which allow access to a special type of information owned and controlled by DOE, namely Restricted Data. The DOE’s history on this subject predates its official founding in 1977; specifically, the policies, practices, and authorities regarding the handling and control of nuclear weapons information (i.e. Restricted Data) are derived from the Atomic Energy Act of 1946 and the subsequent policies enacted by the Atomic Energy Commission. This task is aimed at providing a thorough understanding of the history of DOE’s unique security clearance system and classified information safeguarding practices, with an emphasis on need-to-know.
Review historical documents, such as the Atomic Energy Act and archived DOE Orders and Directives. This effort should provide an understanding of the origins and use of L- and Q-clearances and need-to-know policies for classified information leading up to the current policies in place within the DOE.
Review the current policy regarding clearance use and need-to-know for both the DOE and Other Government Agencies (OGAs). This effort should yield a detailed understanding of DOE’s current policies and how they compare to similar policies implemented at OGAs.
Applied Research Laboratories
Work Days and Times
Approximate Hours per Week
$14.49 and up depending on student classification and relevant experience.
Job Start Date
Jun 09, 2020
Posted On: Jun 09, 2020
Applied Research Laboratories (ARL:UT)
The University of Texas at Austin
10000 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78758
The University of Texas is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.