Security Clearance Operation Overhauled After Aide’s Resignation
In Blog, News by admin / March 25, 2018

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly overhauled the security clearance operation after former Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned in February. Porter’s resignation was the result of news that he would not receive the required security clearance necessary to perform his duties, due to previous allegations of physical and emotional abuse by his two ex-wives. […]

Jared Kushner’s Interim Security Clearance Gets Downgraded
In Blog, News by admin / March 25, 2018

Security clearances are getting a lot of media coverage these days. The topic made headlines again on Feb. 27 when Politico reported that Jared Kushner’s clearance was downgraded from top secret to secret. This change is the result of a five-page memo sent by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to the White House […]

Former NSA Contractor Pleads Guilty
In Blog, News by admin / January 16, 2018

A former contractor with the National Security Agency arrested in August 2016 will plead guilty this month to one of the 20 counts he faces. Harold Martin III, 52, will plead guilty on Jan. 22 to one count of willful retention of national defense information, according to The New York Times. He faces up to […]

The Continuous Evaluation Process for Security Clearance Holders
In Blog, News by admin / January 16, 2018

The continuous evaluation process is getting more attention in security clearance circles now that the Department of Defense has taken over 75 percent of the clearance workload. Continuous evaluation is the Defense Department’s plan for efficiently processing periodic reinvestigations of those who have security clearance, Federal News Radio recently reported. The continuous evaluation process is […]

Clearance Processing Times Improve, Worsen According to Clearance Level
In Blog, News by admin / January 10, 2018

It’s one step forward and two steps back in the race to improve security clearance processing times, according to information presented at a recent meeting of the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Council. The time it takes to process secret clearance applications has decreased by 45 days in the fourth quarter of 2017, but top […]

White House Staffer Charged with Lying on SF-86
In Blog, News by admin / January 10, 2018

It is a bad idea to lie on a security clearance form. Isaac Lanier Avant learned that lesson the hard way last month when he was fired for making false statements on his security clearance forms in 2008 and 2013. Prior to his firing, Avant had worked with U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) for more […]

Facebook Seeks Employees with Security Clearance
In Blog, News by admin / November 17, 2017

Are you interested in working in the tech industry and putting your security clearance to good use? The world’s largest social network is on the hunt for employees like you. Facebook recently made this announcement while citing the need to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, Bloomberg reported. Facebook CEO […]

Chief Elections Officials Can Apply for Security Clearance
In Blog, News by admin / November 2, 2017

About two dozen elections officials from throughout the United States have applied for security clearance in an effort to help identify and respond to cybersecurity threats. This step is in response to complaints from state elections officials that the Department of Homeland Security failed to “provide certain information about suspected attempts to hack voter registration […]

More Clearance Holders to be Evaluated Continuously
In Blog, News by admin / October 26, 2017

The federal government wants to identify future Edward Snowdens, Bradley Mannings, Harold Martins and Reality Winners before they create national security risks. To accomplish that, the Defense Department plans to add half a million security clearance holders to its continuous evaluation pilot program by Jan. 1. More than 4.3 million government employees and military personnel […]

New Bill Designed to Address Security Clearance Backlog
In Blog, News by admin / October 6, 2017

A bill recently passed the House that would require the Office of Personnel Management’s National Background Investigations Bureau to provide routine reports on the backlog of security clearance investigations.  This is part of an ongoing effort to streamline the security clearance process and make it more transparent, while shrinking the “backlog of more than 700,000 […]