Tag: Security Clearance

What are Security Clearances and Why Do Some Former Officials Still Have Them?

on August 17, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
These are some of the basics behind security clearances - who gets them, how long they last, and why former officials retain them for a period of time.

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No Base Access, No Job

By on July 30, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
No Base Access, No Job

An Air Force employee whose job required both base access and a security clearance found out the hard way that a previous criminal conviction added up to no job.

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Senate Version of National Defense Authorization Act Offers Reforms

By on June 17, 2018 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Senate Version of National Defense Authorization Act Offers Reforms

The author summarizes reforms from the 2019 NDAA that will be of most interest to federal employees.

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Streamlining the Federal Employee Appeal Process

By on February 20, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Streamlining the Federal Employee Appeal Process

The author says the system for revoking security clearances for misconduct could be used as a model for handling general employee performance problems in agencies.

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Second Guessing the FBI or Any Other Agency’s Specific Authority

By on November 8, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Second Guessing the FBI or Any Other Agency’s Specific Authority

The author says that a recent case regarding a security clearance involves a political decision from a judge that he says ultimately harms the agency’s mission.

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Federal Employees, Smoking Pot and Working in DC

By on October 16, 2017 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Employees, Smoking Pot and Working in DC

Using marijuana in Washington, DC is legal, but federal employees are still subject to federal laws.

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OPM’s Security Clearance Backlog Tops 700k

on August 30, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
One industry group says that the backlog of people seeking security clearances is now over 700,000 which is creating problems for government contractors trying to fill positions. OPM appears to have stopped reporting its progress on reducing the backlog.  

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Senators Want Details About Accused NSA Leaker’s Security Clearance

By on June 16, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Senators Want Details About Accused NSA Leaker’s Security Clearance

Two Senators have asked OPM to provide details about the security clearance that was granted to NSA contractor Reality Winner.

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Senators Want to Take Away Hillary Clinton’s Security Clearance

By on July 7, 2016 in Current Events with 209 Comments
Senators Want to Take Away Hillary Clinton’s Security Clearance

Two Senators think that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should have her security clearance revoked because of her handling of classified material through the use of a personal email server set up to conduct government business during her tenure as Secretary of State.

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Honesty is the Best Policy When it Comes to Security Clearance Forms

By on June 20, 2016 in Court Cases with 92 Comments

When filling out an SF86 form, you may face a steeper punishment than denial or revocation of your security clearance. A recent case highlights the repercussions dishonesty can create for federal employees who lie on this form.

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