Anonymous User wrote:Can anyone comment on the scrutiny of a federal courts background check vs. a DOJ background check? I.E. if you've passed a background check for a federal courts internship (and been completely honest) do you stand a good chance of passing an FBI/DEA/DOJ background check? Or are the latter much more exhaustive?
It would seem very reasonable that the DOJ, etc. would be MUCH more intensive and intrusive. For matters in the courts, you're dealing with already-public records, and with the other agencies, you're dealing with sensitive, yet-undisclosed information. The need for agency confidence would seem much greater with DOJ, etc., and call for more employee assurance--through exhaustive background investigations.
I used to conduct backgrounds for law enforcement applicants--and I had nothing but time to dig and dig and dig and dig and dig. I was only marginally good, because the backgrounds were interspersed with my other duties. The guys who do it full-time are scary good. They will very likely find out things about your personal history, simply through thorough investigation, but mostly because when people do silly things when they're younger, they don't contemporaneously create a cover plan.
Not trying to be a scare tactician, but just know that if a good background investigator has good cause to believe something exists, he or she will find it.
That said, if you're only facing a Fed. Courts background, and there is nothing substantially bad, you should be fine.