Security Clearance Background Investigations go to DoD
Reform Plan Recommends More Clearance Responsibility for DoD
In News by admin / July 7, 2018

Image Source A reform plan released on June 21 by the Executive Office of the President of the United States recommends reducing the Office of Personnel Management and transferring its security clearance duties to the Department of Defense. The plan cites the 2014 data breach into OPM’s systems, which became one of the biggest national […]

Ex-CIA Officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee
Ex-CIA Agent Pleads Not Guilty to Espionage
In Blog by admin / June 29, 2018

Image Source Former CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee faced an additional charge when he appeared in federal court May 19: conspiracy to commit espionage.   He pleaded not guilty to that, as well as to two counts of illegal retention of classified information, which he was charged with at the time of his arrest […]

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White House Arrest Raises Security Clearance Concerns
In News by admin / June 26, 2018

Image Source Security clearance holders are legally bound to self-report a variety of incidents, but a contractor arrested outside the White House on June 5 failed to let anyone know he was wanted for attempted first-degree murder. The U.S. Secret Service arrested Martese Maurice Edwards, 30, after it learned of his warrant through the Criminal […]

Facilities Security Clearance
Clearance Reviews for Facilities Lag
In Blog by admin / May 25, 2018

Image Source The Defense Security Service was unable to conduct security reviews at about 60 percent of cleared facilities in fiscal year 2016, according to a Government Accountability Office report released in May. The DSS is responsible for vetting the security of more than 12,000 contractor facilities, in a similar fashion to the task of vetting […]

Joshua Schulte Identified as the Suspect
Suspect Identified in CIA’s “Vault 7” Leak
In News by admin / May 10, 2018

Image Source A suspect has been identified in one of the CIA’s most significant leaks in its history: Joshua Adam Schulte. Schulte, 29, worked for the CIA Engineering Development Group, which designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, The Washington Post reported. He leaked the information to WikiLeaks, which published it in March 2017 […]

Security Clearance Backlog
New Report Released on Security Clearance Backlog
In Blog by admin / April 25, 2018

Image Source The security clearance backlog is a topic that continues to circulate as a new government report released in March revealed that the backlog continues to increase.   The FY 2016 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations also revealed that the number of security clearance holders is on the decline. The number of security […]

Energy Industry Needs Security Clearance Holders
The Energy Industry Needs More Security Clearance Holders
In Blog by admin / April 10, 2018

Image Source The energy industry needs “actionable cyberthreat information” if it’s going to protect against possible cyberattacks on the electrical grid. That is what American Gas Association CEO Dave McCurdy told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in April 2017. A year later, the need still exists. Many utility personnel still lack access to […]

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 […]

Security Clearance Lawyer Explains Jerry Lee Arrest
Former CIA Agent Charged Under Espionage Act
In News by admin / February 25, 2018

Image Source A former CIA officer arrested last month on charges of acting as a Chinese spy made his first federal court appearance on Feb. 6 in Alexandria, Virginia. Jerry Chun Shing Lee’s attorney said he is not a spy. Federal agents arrested Lee, 53, on Jan. 15 and charged him with “unlawful retention of […]