1. Bruce Armstrong
  2. PowerBuilder
  3. Thursday, 16 March 2023 15:43 PM UTC

Integrated Data Services (IDS) is seeking a senior PowerBuilder developer to be responsible for developing, testing, debugging and documenting applications developed using PowerBuilder, PFC, Oracle PL/SQL.

  • The requirement for on-site support is approximately one (1) day per week at various customer locations in the Washington DC area. On-site support must be provided during core business hours (8am-5pm Eastern) during the work week.
  • Because the position is a hybrid role, IDS will not reimburse employee costs associated with traveling to and from the on-site locations in Washington, DC
  • Applicants selected for employment will be subject to a Federal background investigation and may need to meet additional eligibility requirements for access to classified information or materials.
  • This position requires a Department of Defense (DoD) active Top Secret (TS) security clearance with the ability to obtain access to Special Compartmentalized Information (SCI).
  • Salary Range  $80,000 - $150,000 per year
  • Third parties or agencies inquiries are not being accepted.

Further information about the company and the position and how to apply are available at our website and our LinkedIn page.

John Brown Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Thursday, 30 May 2024 15:18 PM UTC
  2. PowerBuilder
  3. # 1

The requirements for these types of clearances have changed drastically over the years. I had a TS/SCI while in the Air Force. I didn't have to go through an exhaustive investigation. And I didn't have to do polygraph. ( normally, nowadays they disclose if polygraph is required ).

I hold a current clearance. It involved SF86 and an interview ( which was a pain in the *** because they ask you about details from stuff decades old if it raises a flag ... I can barely remember last year, let alone details of things I'd rather forget .... ).


The biggest thing I hate about clearance jobs these days is the ANNUAL training. I have to take courses retired by 3 different organizations every year, most of which cover the same material. It's redundantly exhausting.

While the pay can be nice ... I wouldn't recommend a modern clearance job to anyone.  LOL

  1. Chris Pollach @Appeon
  2. Thursday, 30 May 2024 16:47 PM UTC
Hi John;

It's the same issue here in Canada when holding a "Secret" government clearance. For more a brutal interrogation rigamarole you can then move up to the "Top Secret" clearance level! I hear your pain (been there, done that). :-(

Regards .. Chris
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Olan Knight Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Thursday, 16 March 2023 22:24 PM UTC
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   Getting a compartmentalized access security clearance in the US is time consuming, and expensive to process since they examine your background from today back through to your 18th birthday. In detail. Under special circumstances they go back even further (example: juvenile criminal record). You WILL be required to take a full scope + lifestyle lie detector test. You WILL undergo drug testing. You WILL be required to sign a NDA. Back in the day, the third sentence of the first paragraph of this NDA stated "The disclosure of classified information is deemed treason, and is punishable by death". This is utterly serious and is not a joke. The clearance must be updated every X number of years, and can be repeated at random. These forms are available online.

   The fastest successful clearance granted of which I am aware took 4 months, the longest one took 29 months. I am not kidding.

   The upside is you get to work on some  A M A Z I N G  projects, the downside is you now have an EBI/SCI clearance and there are places to which you may not travel, and you absolutely may not discuss the work with anyone, anywhere, EVER.

   If you like to get drunk, are a chatterbox, or cannot keep a secret, then don't apply for this kind of work.

FYI:  Nothing in this post is classified, you could find it out on your own with a little research.
More info:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._security_clearance_terms

  1. Roland Smith
  2. Friday, 17 March 2023 20:56 PM UTC
I had a TS/SCI clearance when I was in the Air Force programming top secret stuff.

Entering the building one day, the guard noticed that the last 2 digits of the SSN on the back of my ID card were reversed from the SSN on the front. I had to stand with my hands against the wall with a loaded M-16 pointed at me while I waited for someone from the security office to come get me and issue a new card.
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  1. Chris Pollach @Appeon
  2. Friday, 17 March 2023 21:02 PM UTC
Wow .. yes, the TS level is a "whole new ball game"! ;-)
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  1. Bruce Armstrong
  2. Saturday, 18 March 2023 03:44 AM UTC
@Matt Balent Nothing about the code requires the clearance. That's why the position allows 4 days a week remote. The clearance is required to go on-site with the customer the other 1 day per week.
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Chris Pollach @Appeon Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Thursday, 16 March 2023 16:10 PM UTC
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Hi Bruce;

  I hope that you have luck with this posting. If it's anything like Canada, Top Secret security clearance is super hard to get (I have had it twice before working for the Bank of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada)!  TS clearance now requires ...

  • Must be a Canadian citizen (US in your case).
  • Must have a government department sponsor.
  • Candidate must be vetted by CSIS (government security agency).
  • A background check is also done by the RCMP
  • CSIS must be allowed to have access to your personal information (ie: Bank Statements, Tax filings, etc).
  • All your references (which you must supply a few) are all background checked & interviewed by CSIS
  • A typical TS application can take 1-2 years to complete
  • A TS clearance is only good for 5 years
  • After 5 years, you must go through the entire process again.

How does that compare to the USA process (just curious)?

Regards ... Chris

  1. Armeen Mazda @Appeon
  2. Thursday, 16 March 2023 16:56 PM UTC
Hi Chris, The USA process is top secret. If we tell you must kill you! Hahahaha
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  1. Chris Pollach @Appeon
  2. Thursday, 16 March 2023 17:13 PM UTC
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  1. Olan Knight
  2. Thursday, 16 March 2023 23:53 PM UTC
*Snort* :)
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