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Job 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Review historical documents, such as the Atomic Energy Act and archived DOE Orders and Directives.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.


  • Graduate student with an interest in national security policy is preferred
  • US Citizenship
  • Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified SENIOR STUDENT ASSOCIATE – POLICY ANALYSIS information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position
  • Excellent document analysis and summary writing skills
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
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Job Information

Applied Research Laboratories


Work Days and Times
M-F 8-5

Approximate Hours per Week

Hourly Wage
$14.49 and up depending on student classification and relevant experience.

Job Start Date
Jun 09, 2020

Important Dates
Posted On: Jun 09, 2020

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Contact Information

Christy Habecker
Applied Research Laboratories (ARL:UT)
The University of Texas at Austin
Fax: 512-835-3016
Phone: 512-835-3233
10000 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78758
United States

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The University of Texas is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.