The OPM Data Breach: Two Years Later, What’s Changed?
In News, Uncategorized by admin / September 25, 2017

It has been nearly three years since a massive data breach compromised the security clearance information of more than 20 million current and former federal employees and their families. Aftershocks continue to be felt today in the form of lawsuits and an unfavorable report from a congressional watchdog group. On Sept. 19, U.S. District Judge […]

Navy Ends Review of Vice Admiral in Bribery Probe
In Blog, News by admin / September 4, 2017

For one high-ranking Navy official, the sun is setting on a years-long probe into the “Fat Leonard” bribery scandal that rocked the Navy, ended several careers, resulted in several security clearances being revoked, and saw criminal charges brought against 40 people. The Navy announced in September that it has closed its review of Vice Adm. […]

New Bill Would Enable FBI Director to Revoke WH Staff Security Clearance
In Blog, News by admin / August 14, 2017

Several House Democrats want to make it easier for the FBI director to address security clearance concerns with White House staff. Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and John Conyers (D-MI) introduced a bill July 28 that would allow the FBI director to revoke or prohibit the renewal of White House staffers’ security clearance in situations where […]

Inspector General Releases Unflattering Report on Security Clearance Process
In Blog, News by admin / August 3, 2017

There’s bad news and good news about the Department of State’s security clearance process. The bad news is that no one knows how long it takes to process clearances, or how much the Department of State spends on its clearance investigations, according to an evaluation by the Office of the Inspector General released in July. […]

What Do I Do if I Forgot to Include Something on My SF-86?
In Blog, News by admin / July 16, 2017

It isn’t every day that you hear the SF-86 mentioned in mainstream media outlets. News of Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian attorney prior to the presidential election went public recently, and it’s all because of Kushner’s SF-86 – the questionnaire applicants must complete when applying for security clearance. Kushner originally […]

Salaries for Clearance Holders Drop Slightly
In Blog, News by admin / July 2, 2017

A survey performed by found that employee base wages have decreased slightly since 2014, Federal News Radio reported recently. Median base pay went from $72,000 in 2014 to $70,000 in 2017, representing a 2.78 percent decline, according to the 2017 ClearanceJobs® Compensation Survey. However, median total compensation was unchanged at $80,000. “Average total compensation is […]

Former CIA Officer Charged with Espionage
In Blog, News by admin / June 30, 2017

On June 22, authorities charged former CIA officer Kevin Patrick Mallory with providing secret and top secret information to Chinese intelligence officials and then lying about it to FBI agents. Mallory, 60, was a self-employed consultant with GlobalEx at the time of his arrest on espionage charges, according to the Criminal Complaint. Mallory met with […]

Jail Becomes a Reality for Classified Info Leaker
In Blog, News by admin / June 15, 2017

Another name was added to the list of high-profile leakers in June when the Justice Department announced it had charged a 25-year-old federal contractor with removing classified material from a government facility and giving it to a media outlet. The National Security Agency document that Reality Leigh Winner, of Augusta, Ga., gave to the media […]

Improvements Made, but Security Clearance Backlog Persists
In Blog, News by admin / May 23, 2017

Hiring more investigators and developing innovative tools has helped address the backlog of security clearance investigations that has plagued the National Background Investigations Bureau for some time. However, those improvements haven’t given the NBIB a clearer picture of when it will be caught up, according to a recent Nextgov article. Current wait times for those […]

May Marks 15th Anniversary of Hanssen Espionage Conviction
In Blog, News by admin / May 15, 2017

On May 10, 2002, singer Ashanti’s debut single “Foolish” continued its run at the top of the Billboard Chart of Pop Singles. She may as well have been singing about convicted spy Robert Hanssen, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole that same day.   Hanssen, 73, received $1.4 million […]