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 […]

6 White House Aides Out of Jobs After Failing Security Check
In Blog, News by admin / March 22, 2017

For those who need convincing regarding the importance of the Standard Form 86, look at what happened in the White House in February when six employees lost their positions after failing the questionnaire. Among the six who lost their jobs were Director of Scheduling Caroline Wiles and Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing. Wiles, who resigned […]

Although Legal in CA, Pot Smoking May Interfere with Clearance
In Blog, News by admin / March 7, 2017

You already have your tickets to the 420 Reggae Festival next month, but even though California has legalized recreational marijuana, watch out if your job requires security clearance. For purposes of security clearance, the government applies federal standards. Federally speaking, marijuana remains illegal, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated that he will enforce the […]

NSA Chief Resigns Amid Truthfulness & Blackmail Vulnerability Questions
In Blog, News by admin / February 18, 2017

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is out of a job, and the media buzz about the reasons why involves two concerns often discussed in security clearance circles: truthfulness and vulnerability to blackmail. The problem arose from conversations Flynn had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late December about U.S. sanctions before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. […]

Progress Made, but Clearance Backlog Persists
In Blog, News by admin / February 6, 2017

Have you been in limbo while awaiting your security clearance investigation? The National Background Investigations Bureau is making progress, officials said during a congressional hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in early February. You might take comfort in knowing that although there’s still a backlog, officials say the system is more secure […]

SF-86 Psychological Health Question has Changed
In Blog, News by admin / January 18, 2017

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper recently announced changes to a question on the SF-86 Questionnaire for National Security Positions regarding psychological and emotional health. The changes, implemented in November 2016, are designed to “better emphasize the importance of mental health and wellness of our federal workforce and others while simultaneously protecting our national […]

Security Clearance Costs Set to Increase
In Blog, News by admin / January 2, 2017

The cost to government agencies of conducting security clearance background investigations is going up. Although Jim Onusko, the transition leader of the National Background Investigations Bureau at the Office of Personnel Management, told Federal News Radio in September that a 2017 pricing schedule for security clearance would be released that month, security clearance attorney Catie […]

NSA Director’s Future is Uncertain
In News by admin / December 1, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have called for President Barack Obama to remove National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers from his position. Part of the reason revolves around Rogers’ job performance, according to the Chicago Tribune. Rogers was appointed to the leadership position in April 2014 in the […]

How the Security Clearance Investigation & Approval Process Works
In News by admin / November 21, 2016

The security clearance approval process has been thrust into the national spotlight now that there is a newly elected president. Increased discussion of the clearance topic has been fueled by reports that President-elect Donald Trump inquired about security clearance for his children. A member of Trump’s transition team recently told USA Today that Trump “did […]