Security Clearance

  • Security Clearances by the Numbers

    … Security clearance issues, it seems, are in the news just about every day as of late. The news covers a lot of areas. Security Clearance Process in the News at the Highest Level Do you have to complete the SF 86 in its entirety to be given Security Clearance that allows access to classified material? Security Clearance Applications (SF 86…

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  • Military Service Members – Don’t Do Stupid Stuff!

    … In the private, civilian non-government related world, doing stupid thing can have consequences but, when someone is in the military and/or has a security clearance, the consequences of bad judgment and behavior can be exponential. I am prompted to write this blog post based upon the disturbing news reports out of the Marine Corps. The military…

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  • Security Clearance Process in the News at the Highest Level

    … This news story caught my eye. It struck me as odd. The White House dismissed 6 staffers who were “walked out of the building by security after not passing the SF 86.” In my experience, the security clearance process does not work in this manner. In practical terms, the way the system works is that someone applies for a job that requires…

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  • Sextortion and Security Clearances

    … Since all of us are human, we all have normal desires for companionship. Those desires, however, when coupled with bad people and the ubiquitous internet can, unfortunately, sometimes lead to negative consequences. This is especially true for anyone who holds a security clearance. Whether the problem is due to drugs, alcohol, financial, criminal…

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  • How to Get a Security Clearance

    … I recently saw in the news where President-elect Donald Trump is thinking about getting security clearances for his children and son-in-law. For everyone else, getting a security clearance is a much more arduous and burdensome process, unless your father is the President! In fact, I get several calls per month from prospective clients who tell…

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  • Security Clearance Concerns and Scrutiny Increases

    … Over the past two years or so, I have noticed a marked increase in the government’s review and concern regarding individuals and their respective security clearances. I have seen tangible proof that security clearances are being denied and/or revoked at an increasing rate from years past. Of course, there are reasons behind this increase…

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  • Security Clearance Oversight – Reform is Moving Along Slowly

    … I have written previously about the security clearance process and the perceived need for it to be reformed. This always comes up after a major negative incident in our country related to someone who holds a clearance. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provided testimony in February, 2016 on the status and future of reform of the security…

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  • Dealing with Financial Issues and Security Clearance

    …, or seeking assistance from, a credit counseling service or other similar resource to resolve your financial difficulties? 26.6. Other than previously listed, have any of the following happened to you? In the past seven (7) years, you have been delinquent on alimony or child support payments. In the past seven (7) years, you had a judgment…

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  • Security Clearance Concerns Regarding Foreign Influence and Preference

    … Given the volatility in the world over the past several years, I am seeing more security clearance cases as they relate to foreign influence and foreign preference. The United States government can express a concern regarding an individual’s access to classified material in the form of a secret or top-secret security clearance if it has concerns…

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  • Common Access Card (CAC) and Security Clearance Issues

    …, a lesser known security clearance requirement for many positions in the government. These types of positions require a “lesser,” but still important access called “CAC cards” or Common Access Cards. Acquiring a Common Access Card The process to get a CAC card is similar to what people have to go through to obtain a secret or top-secret (TS) security…

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  • Security Clearance Investigations in the News Again

    … a detailed report on security clearance lapses regarding a number of individuals including Edward Snowden and PFC Bradley Manning. The figures that really stand out from the 60 Minutes report are as follows: “OPM sends the results of its investigations to the various federal agencies. And those agencies decide whether to grant the security clearance…

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  • Security Clearance and Past Illegal Drug Usage – What Can You Do?

    … is how I suggest that the individual handle this concern, this assumes that the person is now clean and sober and has changed his or her life. The moment someone gets wind of the fact that the government has security clearance concerns regarding past drug usage, (for example, when the government issues interrogatories questioning past drug usage…

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  • Security Clearance and Bankruptcy

    … security officer (FSO) or with an attorney of your choosing. If you do file for bankruptcy, immediately upon the filing, notify your FS0 that a bankruptcy has been filed by you. Your bankruptcy attorney should be able to provide a PDF copy of the bankruptcy petition to you by email and you can simply forward that email to your FS0. Obtaining a security…

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