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On November 9, 2011 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published its final rule on changes to Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations Part 731 (5 CFR 731), “Suitability.”  The new rule went into effect on December 9, 2011. Previously federal agencies could only conduct PRs on certain PT positions using the authority provide in the Computer Security Act of 1987 and OMB Circular No. If, prior to the next required reinvestigation, a separate investigation is conducted to determine a person’s eligibility (or continued eligibility) for access to classified information or to hold a sensitive position, or as a result of a change in risk level as provided in paragraph (e) of this section, and that investigation meets or exceeds the requirements for a public trust reinvestigation, a new public trust reinvestigation is not required.
Likewise in our proposed rule amending 5 CFR part 732, dated December 14, 2010, Designation of National Security Positions, the timeframe for reinvestigations is also set at 5 years for national security positions not requiring eligibility for access to classified information. The revised Federal Investigative Standards issued by OPM in August 2011 under Federal Investigation Notice (FIN) No.
Many people who find themselves filling out a Standard Form 86 (SF86), “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,” know little about the security clearance process and have a vague understanding of what might affect their eligibility to receive a clearance. The percentage of the population that might be eligible for a security clearance is much lower than 97.5%, and the percentage of the population that can actually get a job offer that results in a final clearance is probably about 65%. Since 2007, time required to conduct a background investigation has been significantly reduced, but this has resulted in a decrease in the quality of investigative reports.
Over the past five years I’ve helped well over a thousand people with their security clearance problems and questions, and I’ve studied in detail the systemic problems in clearance processing. Applicants in the “Clean” and “Minor” categories only need to read a few authoritative articles on the process and fill out their forms carefully to avoid most of the detours and roadblocks that delay a favorable clearance decision. Those in the “Moderate” category need to study the process in depth and perhaps pay for a little professional help.
Applicants whose cases fall into the “Major” category need professional help, if they want to reduce the time and increase the possibility of receiving a clearance. The cost of an attorney with more than 10 years of experience will range from $300 to $450 an hour depending on experience and location. By comparison the cost of having simple tax returns with itemized deductions prepared by an account is about $250. Individuals who already have a clearance and encounter moderate to major security issues should also seek professional assistance.
A lot has been reported during the past month about the failure of the federal security clearance process as it relates to Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter who murdered 12 people on September 16, 2013. The Navy granted Alexis a Secret clearance in March 2008 based on an NACLC background investigation.
While Alexis was on active duty with the US Navy Reserves from May 2007 to January 2011, his Navy command was aware of his 2008 arrest for disorderly conduct, his 2010 arrest for unlawful discharge of a firearm, and at least two Navy disciplinary boards related to poor performance and insubordination. In January 2011 Alexis was released early from the Navy Reserves with an honorable discharge, and his security clearance was administratively terminated.
Alexis was hired by a defense contractor in September 2012 for a position that required a Secret clearance.
To get unescorted access to military bases so that he could do his work as a defense contractor employee, Alexis also needed a Common Access Card (CAC), DOD’s version of an HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card. While working at Newport Naval Air Station in August 2013, Alexis’ employer became aware of his instability. No matter how old an investigation is, anyone with a favorably adjudicated NACI or NACLC (or better) federal background investigation can be granted an HSPD-12 PIV card without any additional vetting, provided they have not had a break-in-service of more than 24 months. There are requirements for people with security clearances, their coworkers, and their supervisors to report through security channels matters that affect security clearance eligibility.
Background investigations for Secret clearances are very limited when compared to background investigations for Top Secret clearances.
Seattle police records indicated that Alexis was arrested for malicious mischief and unlawfully discharge of a firearm, but the records were never reviewed as part of Alexis’ 2007 NACLC investigation for his Secret clearance. Alexis’ military supervisors were aware of issues affecting his clearance eligibility while in the Navy Reserves. New federal investigative standards were approved in December 2012, but may take more than a year to implement. The President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Navy have ordered broad reviews of the security clearance process. All federal employees and contractors with PIV cards or in positions of Public Trust should be required to immediately report potentially disqualifying events or conditions to their security officer.
All personnel with security clearances, in Public Trust positions, or granted PIV cards should be required to submit a form similar to an SF86C to their security officer once a year, indicating whether any potentially disqualifying events have occurred. Four significant pending changes to federal personnel security policy were mentioned in the published minutes of the March 2013 NISPPAC meeting. Although the revised FIS was mentioned by Sowell, nothing was actually reported in the published minutes of the NISPPAC meeting regarding it.
With the December 2012 signing of the revised Federal Investigative Standards by Director John Berry and Director James Clapper, the Suitability and Security Executive Agents, our focus will be on reengineering our business processes to implement the standards in a phased and fiscally responsible way, directly supporting the mandate to implement a five-tiered investigative model aligning the investigative requirements for both security clearances and suitability, facilitating reciprocity, and using automation to the maximum extent practicable.
The use of the words, “the mandate to implement a five-tiered investigative model” seems somewhat strange, since OPM and ODNI have the authority to establish the investigative standards and there was no indication that a higher authority had ordered a five-tiered structure.
One can only speculate at why OPM and ODNI chose to withhold the details of this revision of the FIS when previous versions have appeared in publicly accessible documents. The NISPPAC report indicated that the revised AG is in the final stages of coordination and may be promulgated via Security Executive Agent Directive 200 (SEAD 200) later this year. Specific guidance regarding medical marijuana use and its relationship to the Bond Amendment. In March 2013 ODNI began SEAAC (Security Executive Agent Advisory Committee) coordination of the first-ever National Reporting Requirements document, which will eventually be issued as SEAD 400. In November 2012 a new ODNI national polygraph policy was in coordination with a national polygraph working group, and in March 2013 the policy was being coordinated with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In July 2012 a series of news articles appeared alleging abuse of polygraph procedures at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). It was initially anticipated that the new policy would be issued in about February 2013, but OMB coordination has resulted in some delays. Over the past few decades the mental health question on the most commonly used national security clearance application form has become increasingly complex as the form itself has grown incredibly long and detailed.
The 1964 version of DOD Form 398 (DD398), “Statement of Personal History,” was only 4 pages long and contained no question regarding mental health or mental health treatment. Have you ever been a patient (whether or not formally committed) in any institution primarily devoted to the treatment of mental, emotional, psychological, or personality disorders?
Several years later DOD stopped using the DD398 and began using the 1995 version of the Standard Form 86 (SF86), “Questionnaire For National Security Positions,” in a computer-based form known as the “Electronic Personnel Security Questionnaire” (EPSQ).
In the last 7 years, have you consulted with a mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, etc.) or have you consulted with another health care provider about a mental health related condition? If you answered “Yes,” provide an entry for each treatment to report, unless the consultation(s) involved only marital, family, or grief counseling, not related to violence by you. In 2004 DOD discontinued the EPSQ and started using the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) computer-based version of the SF86—the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP). In the last 7 years, have you consulted with a health care professional regarding an emotional or mental health condition or were you hospitalized for such a condition? Like the previous version of the SF86, each period of treatment had to be listed separately and required dates and contact information for the medical practitioner.
In December 2010 another revision to the SF86 was approved, which increased the number of pages in the print version from 17 to 121. Many federal agencies had been routinely “declining” to grant interim security clearances to applicants who listed any mental health treatment on their SF86, because they did not consider an interim clearance declination to be a clearance denial. In March 2013 OPM posted a 60 day notice and request for comments for proposed changes to the SF86 that would completely change Question 21. In the last seven (7) years, have you had a mental health condition that would cause an objective observer to have concern about your judgment, reliability, or trustworthiness in relation to your work? A “Yes” or “I don’t know” response to the question requires detailed information regarding any treatment. Because changes to the SF86 can take a year or more to implement, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and OPM issued an interim change to the instructions for Question 21 in April 2013 to create an immediate exception for victims of sexual assault.
Since 1981 when the mental health question was first included in a security clearance application form, the question has been expanded and later qualified in an effort to request from the applicant only information relevant to a security clearance determination and to remove perceived disincentives to seeking certain types of treatment.
The proposed change to the SF86 removes the exceptions and aligns Question 21 more closely to the “Psychological Conditions” criterion (Guideline I) of the Adjudicative Guidelines. Perhaps the time has come to eliminate the mental health question completely or at least temporarily until it can be properly studied by the Defense Personnel Security Research Center. The SF86 does not ask questions about every potentially disqualifying factor listed in the Adjudicative Guidelines, such as security violations, susceptibility to blackmail, association with criminals, and undetected criminal conduct. Serious mental health conditions, not controlled by treatment, often surface in security clearance investigations due to conduct covered under other criteria in the Adjudicative Guidelines, such as criminal arrests, employment rule violations, financial delinquencies, drug and alcohol abuse, inappropriate behavior in the workplace, etc.
During 2012 the Government continued to take small steps toward fulfilling the goals of the Joint Security Suitability Reform effort that began in 2007. All nine DoD polygraph programs are in full compliance with DoD polygraph policy requirements…. All eleven DoD Central Adjudication Facilities (CAFs) are in full compliance with DoD policies and restrictions regarding the use of polygraph results. No instances of adverse administrative actions or adverse personnel actions being taken against DoD-affiliated personnel whom either refused to take or failed to successfully complete a polygraph examination. 41,057 examinations for personal security screening (PSS) were conducted, resulting in “No Significant Response” (NSR) in 94% of cases.
Federal Investigative Notice (FIN) 12-04 — The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that it had added a check of their Central Verification System (CVS) database as a standard component of the National Agency Check (NAC). TSA Background Investigation Backlog — A news story reported that the “Transportation Security Administration confirmed Wednesday it had such a backlog of background security checks, airport employers were allowed to hire any employee needed.
GAO Report on Background Investigations — The General Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the cost of “Background Investigations” (GAO-12-197) conducted by OPM. DSS Stakeholders Report 2012 — The Defense Security Service (DSS) released its “Stakeholder Report 2012,” detailing its recent achievements.
Federal Investigative Notice (FIN) 12-05 — OPM announced it “will implement a Social Security Number (SSN) search as a new National Agency Check (NAC) item. Revision of OF306 — A new version of the OF306 (Declaration for Federal Employment), dated: October 2011, replaced the previous version.
NISPPAC Report — The National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee released the report of their March meeting that included statistics on contractor security clearance processing.
Senate Hearing on Security Clearance Reform — Testimony before the Senate subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia was presented by representatives of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), GAO, DOD, OPM, and DNI. New CI Polygraph Question — The Director of National Intelligence announced he was mandating that a question related to unauthorized disclosure of classified information be added to the counterintelligence polygraph used by all intelligence agencies that administer the examination (CIA, DIA, DOE, FBI, NGA, NRO, and NSA). Guidance on Submitting Periodic Reinvestigation — It was announced that “Effective 1 August 2012, DISCO will only accept requests for periodic reinvestigations that are within 90 days of the investigation anniversary date. Eligibility Pending — Also effective August 1, 2012 DISCO began entering a status of “Eligibility Pending” when an interim clearance is “declined.” DISCO states that Eligibility Pending “Indicates the investigation request has been received and reviewed for potentially posting an Interim Determination. Tech America Reciprocity Survey — In a recently released survey Tech America reported on the continuing problems companies experience in clearance reciprocity between federal agencies, as well as clearance processing times. DOD CAF Consolidation Begins — Operational consolidation of 7 of the 11 DOD Central Adjudication Facilities (CAFs) began in August.
Mental Health Counseling — On 4 September 2012 the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) issued a memorandum, Subject: Department of Defense Guidance on Question 21, Standard Form 86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Federal Investigations Notice 12-07 — OPM announced FY2013 prices charged to other Government agencies for OPM investigative products. ODNI Annual Report to Congress — ODNI issued its second annual “Report on Security Clearance Determinations” to Congress.
NISPPAC Report — The National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee released the report of their July meeting. In mid-February 2013, the report of the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee’s (NISPPAC) November 2012 meeting was posted at the Information Security Oversight Office’s (ISOO) website. The Defense Security Service (DSS) reported that some intelligence community (IC) members are now using the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) for submitting their Periodic Reinvestigations, which is a departure from past procedures.
Item #3 (above) will add about two to three weeks to interim Secret clearance eligibility determinations, which currently take about 3 days for NISP cases. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) reported that the draft Security Executive Agent Directive 600 (SEAD 600), National Reciprocity Policy, is in development and preparing for informal coordination with the Security Executive Agent Advisory Committee. ODNI is creating a webpage for reporting reciprocity non-compliance on the Security Executive Agent (SecEA) portion of National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX) website. Except for Top Secret Periodic Reinvestigations (TSPRs), average end-to-end processing times for the fastest 90% of NISP cases remained essentially the same during FY2012.
The total number of cases pending adjudication at the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (now known as Industrial Division A of the DOD Consolidated Adjudication Facility—DODCAF) declined from 18,455 in Q1 to 9,009 in Q4 FY2012. Average end-to-end processing times for the fastest 90% of initial clearances for contractors handled by Intelligence Community agencies rose from 103 days in Q1 to 127 days in Q4 FY2012. The average end-to-end processing time for the fastest 90% of Department of Energy (DOE) initial clearances for federal and contractor personnel remained constant during FY2012 at about 72 days.
In January 2012 a bill was introduced in the Maryland State Senate that proposed a State income tax credit for costs incurred to obtain federal security clearances. Employers can also claim an annual tax credit of 50% of the costs or $100,000 (whichever is less) for the construction or renovation of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) located in the state.  If multiple SCIFs are involved, the maximum tax credit is limited $250,000 per year.


The law provides the basic procedures for applying for the tax credit, but leaves it to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development to craft a regulation that defines the exact nature of administrative expenses that will qualify for the tax credit.
The law will help smaller Maryland companies improve their clearance processing capabilities.  It is particularly timely, since many small cleared defense contractors have not yet purchased electronic fingerprint capture equipment needed by December 2013 to implement the Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) system as required by the Department of Defense for security clearance processing.
Federal agencies require individuals with security clearances to promptly report a wide range of security and suitability issues to their security officers. The Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO) receives about 8,000 “incident reports” a year on cleared federal contractors who have had security-related problems. Appendix 8 is the Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information.
Any situation related to actual, probable, or possible espionage, sabotage, or subversive activities directed against the United States. For individuals with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) or other Special Access Programs (SAP) there is an additional requirement to report foreign travel. Security Clearances help in obtaining a jobSensitive Compartmentalized Information (SCI); Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). Security Clearance Secrets -- About Military Security ClearancesWhat can keep me from getting a security clearance?
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James Dale Guckert (born May 22, 1957)[1] is an American conservative columnist better known by the pseudonym Jeff Gannon. Gannon routinely obtained daily passes to White House briefings, attending four Bush press conferences and appearing regularly at White House press briefings. Gannon first attended a White House press conference on February 28, 2003, and there asked a question of then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.
White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan later said that there had been no breakdown in security and no one had intervened on Gannon's behalf to ensure his access, despite the fact that he had been able to get a press pass for the White House using an assumed name. Talon News was a virtual organization (with no physical office or newsroom) owned by the Web site GOPUSA. After the January 26, 2005, press conference, scrutiny into his personal and professional background by news organizations and blogs began.
Gannon said that he has been stalked[15] and that his family has been harassed.[16] He has revived his website since that time.
In April 2006, Gannon appeared on the television program Lie Detector, produced by Mark Phillips Philms & Telephision for the PAX Network (now Ion Television) submitting to and passing a polygraph test while asserting that he was not a White House operative. Gannon was questioned by the Justice Department in relation to the department's criminal investigation into the Valerie Plame affair, in which Plame's identity as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was leaked to a journalist by an administration official.[18] On October 28, 2003, Talon News published an interview in three parts that Gannon had conducted with Ambassador Joseph C.
Previously, Gannon had been criticized by Tom Daschle's supporters when he covered the South Dakota Senate race between Daschle and John Thune. The House Judiciary Committee voted against House resolution 136, on March 16, 2005, that would have directed the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to transmit documents in the possession of officials to the House of Representatives. Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner said that a letter from the Secret Service dated March 7, 2005, stated, "Please be advised that our Office of Protective Operations has looked into this matter and has determined that there was no deviation from Secret Service standards and procedures as your letter suggests."[28] The letter did not detail what the standards were. Gannon later wrote in his blog, "I hope this vote will put these issues to rest and allow me to return to my work as a journalist." In his recently published book, The Great Media War,[30] he responds to questions about whether he played some role for the Bush White House other than that of an independent journalist.
Democratic Representatives John Conyers of Michigan and Louise Slaughter of New York had submitted similar requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), on February 15, 2005. Such a completed investigation restarts the cycle for a public trust reinvestigation for that person. OPM is assessing its investigative products as part of a Joint Security and Suitability Process Reform effort under E.O. 11-04 appeared to be a permanent retreat from the 3-tier concept approved in December 2008 that relied heavily on expanded automated records checks.  It now appears that FIN 11-04 was only intended as a temporary measure to make some minor changes and clarify the current investigative standards. It means that of the people who make it to the final stages of the security clearance process, 2.5% are denied a clearance. As a result, today the most time consuming delays normally occur during the adjudication phase of the clearance process. What I’ve learned is that about 15% of applicants will have their application forms rejected by the Government due to improper or incomplete forms submission, resulting in delays of four to eight weeks before they are required to resubmit their applications, if the job is still available. With little or no assistance applicants in the “Clean” and “Minor” categories will move swiftly through the system and get their clearances within two to four months. They need to spend about as much effort on the clearance application as they do preparing their tax returns. Knowledgeable, experienced former background investigators can help people reduce the time it takes for their investigations and provide general guidance on issue mitigation, but former Government security clearance adjudicators are better qualified to provide security clearance assistance. Some of the assistance provided by an attorney may be done by a paralegal whose billing rate should be between $120 and $160 an hour. These types of tax returns are comparable to clearance cases that are “Clean” or contain only minor unfavorable information.
Both cleared personnel and clearance applicants who anticipate problems should seek professional help as early possible.
The Navy knew from the investigation that he failed to disclose on his clearance form a May 2004 arrest for malicious mischief in Seattle, WA for which he was never prosecuted. In addition, he was subject twice to Non-Judicial Punishment and at least one former supervisor felt that he displayed indications of mental illness.
His employer would have checked his JPAS (Joint Personnel Adjudication System) record and determined that his Secret clearance was eligible for reinstatement, because his last investigation was less than 10 years old and less than 24 months had elapsed since his Navy clearance was terminated. Usually there’s a security vetting process before a person can be issued a CAC; however, rules implementing HSPD-12 allow Government agencies to issue PIV cards to anyone with a favorably adjudicated NACI or NACLC (or better) investigation without any further investigation or adjudication, provided there has not been a break-in-service of more than 2 years since the investigation. Over the course of his stay Alexis disturbed other guests by knocking on their doors in search of the voices he was hearing.
However, insufficient emphasis is placed on these requirements, particularly coworker and supervisor responsibilities, and some requirements are vague.
Although federal law requires local law enforcement agencies to disclose arrest records to OPM investigators; it also allows agencies to charge a fee for this service. One of the changes to the standards is the decrease in the periodic reinvestigation interval for Confidential and Secret clearances to 5 years. This will provide standardized basic reporting requirements applicable to all security clearance holders, their coworkers, and their supervisors.
Security officers should have to endorse the form, certifying they are not aware of any other unfavorable information. This could be because the revised FIS is protected as “For Official Use Only “(FOUO) information.
For example there is nothing in Guideline D (Sexual Conduct) that is not adequately addressed under Guideline J (Criminal Conduct), Guideline E (Personal Conduct), and Guideline I (Psychological Conditions). For example Guideline B (Foreign Influence) shares security concerns covered in Guideline C (Foreign Preference), and Guideline L (Outside Activities).
The current AG does not include any mitigating factors specifically for past or present medical marijuana use and provides no exception to the Bond Amendment, which requires clearance denial for any person who is an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
Currently each federal agency has its own self-reporting requirements for cleared personnel. Hopefully SEAD 400 will contain basic reporting requirements for all collateral clearance and SAP clearance holders and allow individual agencies to supplement the basic requirements with agency-unique reporting requirements. The objectives of the new policy are to clarify existing practices for agencies that use the polygraph and to ensure standardization and consistency. This prompted requests from Senator Charles Grassley and Representative Rush Holt to the DOD Inspector General (IG) and to the ODNI IG to investigate the allegations. NSA is the only DoD agency currently authorized to conduct Expanded Scope Screening (ESS) polygraph examinations. TSA spokesman John Allen was quoted as saying, “At no time was security at risk, and all new employees will still undergo identity verification and be subject to watchlist matching.” Not a very reassuring statement, since it implies that the checks are not being done prior to employment and access. The SSN search will be conducted as a standard item on all investigations requested with the Standard Form (SF) 86 and will search records regarding the subject of the investigation only.
All reported that much progress had been made during the past several years in the areas of clearance processing times, reciprocity, and improving technology. In addition, the sheer volume of security policies that are not coordinated or integrated makes it difficult for those at the field level to ensure consistent and comprehensive policy implementation.
The Department of Homeland Security was cited as the most problematic, followed by the non-DOD Intelligence Community agencies.
In the memo the SECDEF clearly stated that “mental health counseling alone cannot form the basis of a denial of an interim security clearance.
More than 4.8 million people held security clearances for access to classified information in FY2011.
DISCO reported a 22% increasing in pending adjudications from Q1 FY2012 to April 2012 and a significant decrease in the case rejection rate since November 2011.
It also appears that erroneous statements have been made to the effect that DSS is directing contractors to treat the signing of such petitions as reportable adverse information.” At the time DSS indicated they were reviewing the situation, then they removed the posting a couple of months later without explanation. DSS used this writing style in their “Report of Investigation” successfully from the early 1990?s to 2004. The first reading of the bill (SB296) proposed a requirement for “the Governor of Maryland to make a $6,000,000 appropriation in FY2014 and FY21015 for the tax credit, applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2011.” The bill was unclear as to what costs would qualify for the tax credit and who could claim it. The employee is concerned that he or she may be the target of exploitation by a foreign entity. Issues identified as potentially disqualifying conditions under the 13 criteria in the Adjudicative Guidelines must be reported.
But there are differences between the “issue” questions on the SF86 and the potentially disqualifying conditions in the Adjudicative Guidelines.
Some intelligence agencies require self-reporting of any contact with individuals from “designated” countries and visits to any foreign embassy or consulate. At this time Gannon had never had an article published, and was not associated with any kind of news organization (Talon News had not yet been created[4]).
He was issued one-day press passes for nearly two years, avoiding the extensive background checks required for permanent passes, and sidestepping his inability to gain the necessary Congressional press pass. Jon Stewart sarcastically dubbed him "Chip Rightwingenstein of the Bush Agenda Gazette"[14] and by a number of bloggers who considered it an excessively deferential question for a reporter to ask at a presidential press conference. Wilson,[19][20][21] Plame's husband, whom the CIA had sent to Niger in 2003 to investigate claims that Iraq was attempting to procure yellowcake uranium.
His articles included criticism of gay blogger John Aravosis, who had accused him of having pornographic ads. These documents related to the security investigations and background checks involved in granting Gannon access to the White House.
Please improve this article by removing excessive, less relevant or many publications with the same point of view; or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. Others will rely entirely on the guidance provided by their sponsor’s security officer, however thorough or limited it might be. Many people don’t bother to apply for jobs that require a clearance, because they believe there are factors in their life that would inevitably result in a clearance denial.
Adjudicators struggle to decide cases that lack sufficient information or contain unresolved issues. About 30% will be screened out by employers or declined an interim clearance and not get hired.
Without assistance those in the Moderate category will see their cases drag out for several months before their clearance is finally granted, and those in the Major category may wait a year and some will ultimately be denied a clearance.
There are many well-intentioned people who write articles and answer questions on various blogs, but their knowledge is often based on their personal experiences as clearance applicants or from reading a few Government documents or articles by others. A well-qualified independent security clearance consultant will charge a little more than an attorney’s billing rate for a paralegal. For cases ranging from single moderate to multiple major issues, a security clearance consultant will charge from $300 to $1,500 and an experienced attorney will charge about twice that much.


Alexis claimed the arrest occurred because he deflated another person’s car tires and that he didn’t disclose it on his clearance form because the charge was dismissed. At his employer’s request, the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office would have reinstated Alexis’ clearance within a few days without any additional investigation or adjudication.
Failure to report such matters is a security violation, but when they’re discovered, people are rarely held accountable for their failure to report them.Ten years is too long an interval between periodic reinvestigations for a Secret clearance. Currently the standard OPM investigation for Top Secret clearances costs $3,959; whereas, the standard investigation for Secret clearances costs $210.
Yet none of these issues were ever reported to the appropriate Navy security clearance officials.
The exact scope of future investigations has not been made public, but it’s possible that the disparity between investigations for Top Secret and Secret clearances may narrow. Supervisors should be required to submit annual certificates to their security officers, stating that they have reported all potentially disqualifying information pertaining to their subordinates. The current AG, approved in December 2005, is in need of general updating to remove redundancies and accommodate social and cultural changes.
These are lists of conduct and conditions that could affect a person’s clearance eligibility and must be reported to their security officer.
The current interagency polygraph policy is based on a 1998 Memorandum of Understanding signed by the 18 federal agencies that operated polygraph programs and is primarily focused on reciprocity issues. No action was taken to implement changes to Periodic Reinvestigation intervals for Confidential and Secret clearances as announced in late 2011. The problem seems reminiscent of the situation that occurred several years ago when OPM and TSA inadvertently failed to conduct criminal record checks as part of the background investigations on hundreds of TSA employees.
OPM increased their average weighted price of investigations about 4% per year during the past five years. Question 9, which previously asked for criminal offenses that occurred within the past 10 years, was reduced to 7 years. Inventories of both initial clearance investigations and periodic reinvestigations at DISCO have remained the same compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
Employers can also claim an annual tax credit of 50% of the costs or $100,000 (whichever is less) for the construction or renovation of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). DNI also reported establishing a reciprocity web page hosted on the Security Executive Agent Website that provides education and awareness, a checklist of exceptions, policy references, and examples of non-reciprocity issues.
While compliance with existing security policies remains a central issue, consumers at the field level are often required to interpret outdated security policy guidance to make it relevant to existing organizational requirements.” The report did not make any recommendations because it was felt that actions were already well underway to significantly consolidate and improve security policy under a Defense Security Enterprise and with the creation of the Defense Security Executive. CAF consolidation affects the Army, Navy, Air Force, Joint Chief of Staff, Washington Headquarters Services, Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office, and a part of the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals.
This reflects about a 3% increase over the previous fiscal year, but the increase might be attributable to improved data gathering rather than an actual increase.
It was lauded by many security clearance adjudicators as making reports easier and faster to read, because of the use of headings, sub-headings, captions, bullets, and lots of white space. Self-reporting is different from the requirement to disclose unfavorable information on an SF86 when applying for a security clearance.
Most of these incident reports are based on information self-reported by the cleared contractors to their security officers.
Many of the criteria in the Adjudicative Guidelines are clear and require no interpretation, such as a drunk driving arrest, illegal use of drugs, security violation, acquiring foreign citizenship, inability to satisfy debts, and employment or service to a foreign government or company. For example: 1) All situations listed in the “Financial Records” section of the SF86 are events that must be self-reported, except for the question regarding credit counseling if a person has not become delinquent in paying debts. The circuit board has associated pairs of input and output terminals and signal traces that electrically connect the associated pairs of input and output terminals. The contact sub-assembly includes a plurality of mating conductors that are configured to transmit signal current along an interconnection path. The contact sub-assembly includes a base having a mounting opening, and an array of mating contacts. A first conduit may have a first diverted convection section water that may flow through a second preheator of a second conduit intermediate a first element of the convection section and a first radiant section. The front wire terminal and the rear wire terminal are configured to couple to a conductor of a cable. He was eventually employed by the conservative website Talon News during the latter part of this period. This has led to unproven charges that Talon News was created specifically to give Gannon a news organization that he could ostensibly represent, to justify his continuing to work at the White House. Blade editor Chris Crain attracted his own criticism from many in the gay community for this decision, due to Gannon's criticism of the gay rights movement as well as his refusal to disclose his sexual orientation. The documents were to be transmitted no later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of the resolution. Some potential applicants fail to receive clearance sponsorship, because they are screened out of the process by prospective employers. They are often faced with the choice of further delaying a case by requesting additional information or making a poor decision based on an inadequate investigation. About 50%—the fortunate ones—will receive an interim clearance within a week and a final Secret clearance within six to eight weeks of submitting an SF86. They also know how much issue mitigation is required to overcome potentially disqualifying factors and how it needs to be presented to achieve the best possible results in the shortest possible time.
So, Alexis was probably granted a CAC based solely on a check of his JPAS record, which showed a favorably adjudicated NACLC from 2008. In such cases OPM investigators must search local criminal court record in place of police records. Alexis’ employer was aware that Alexis was emotionally “unstable” and had a history of paranoid episodes, but they also failed to report the matter through security clearance channels or take any other action to restrict Alexis’ access. It’s also possible that all investigations may be required to include checks of the most complete criminal history repository of law enforcement agencies (i.e. These reporting requirements can vary dramatically from agency to agency, and major differences exist for personnel with collateral clearances versus Special Access Program (SAP) clearances.
In late July 2012 the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) directed an evaluation of the use of federal personnel security polygraph programs, the results of which led to the DNI’s decision to create a national polygraph policy. Merely consulting a mental health professional is not, standing alone, evidence of such a condition. This was a pretty remarkable feat considering that they significantly reduced turnaround time on their investigations during the same period. The form now states it can be used for contractor employment fitness determinations (a practice that has been in effect for several years).
Previous meetings only included information about processing times for contractor clearances handled by DISCO and OPM. More than half of the survey respondents reported improvement in clearance processing times, but an equal percentage reported processing times greater than 180 days. The new agency is designated the DOD Consolidated Adjudication Facility (DODCAF) and composed of various divisions representing the former CAFs. The most striking statistic was the 4,487 government and contractor clearances pending for over one year at CIA.
Once DSS transferred its investigative personnel and responsibility to OPM, investigators had to revert to the old way of writing—wall-to-wall text with only occasional breaks between paragraphs. 2) Most mental health counseling that must be listed on an SF86, does not necessarily have to be self-reported.
The input and output terminals being configured to communicatively coupled to mating and cable conductors, respectively. The second conduit may have a second diverted convection section water that may flow through a first section preheator intermediate a second element of the convection section and a second radiant section. Gannon first gained national attention during a presidential press conference on January 26, 2005, when he asked United States President George W. And (Senator) Hillary Clinton was talking about the economy being on the verge of collapse. Others, who initially receive sponsorship, have sponsorship withdrawn before a final clearance decision is made, because they fail to receive an interim clearance. Questionable decisions can sit on a supervisory adjudicator’s desk for weeks before they are approved or returned to the adjudicator for more work.
The best published sources of information are Government documents, but searching for them on the internet is difficult, unless you already know which documents you need or know the precise “keywords” to find them.
The few applicants whose cases make it to the administrative hearing or personal appearance stage of adjudication are best served by the assistance of an attorney who specializes and has experience in representing security clearance applicants.
Nevertheless, professional assistance for cases involving moderate to major issues is much less costly than weeks or months of lost wages caused by clearance processing delays and missed employment opportunities. Police at the Newport Naval Station were notified of bizarre conduct by a contractor who had access to their base, but they failed to take appropriate action. The DNI subsequently convened an interagency polygraph working group to develop the new policy.
This report also contained information about contractor clearance processing times for the Intelligence Community agencies and for the Department of Energy.
The data suggests that most of the delays occur during clearance adjudication rather than investigation.
Since DISCO has security clearance authority for one million federal contractors, a mere 8,000 cases a year suggests that the majority of security-related incidents go unreported. For example: 1) When does a foreign connection create a potential for conflict of interest or a heightened risk of foreign influence? Each associated pair of input and output terminals is electrically connected through a corresponding signal trace that has a conductive path extending along the board substrate between the corresponding input and output terminals.
Each of the open-ended conductors is electrically connected to a corresponding mating conductor of the plurality of mating conductors. The contact sub-assembly also includes an array of circuit contacts that is discrete from the array of mating contacts. A first temperature controlled valve may control the first diverted convection section water flow rate and a second temperature controlled valve may control the second diverted convection water flow rate.
Bush a question that some in the press corps considered "so friendly it might have been planted"[2][3] ("How are you going to work with [Senate Democratic leaders] who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?").
Yet in the same breath they say that Social Security is rock solid and there's no crisis there. In a February 2005 interview, Gannon told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had spoken to him in an effort to learn who had leaked the classified memo and to whom, but that he had not been asked to appear before the grand jury investigating the case.[15] Many assumed the White House had leaked [22] the memo to him. An unknown percentage of applicants who are lucky enough to retain sponsorship despite having an interim clearance declined, later drop out of the process, because the unfavorable information in their background delays the process for so long that either they or their prospective employer cannot wait any longer for a final clearance decision. If you find them, you have to be able to decipher what they say.A well-written book on security clearances will cite the relevant Government documents and explain them.
Reciprocal acceptance of security clearances between Intelligence Community agencies remained a significant problem. It currently handles security clearance and sensitive national security position determinations. One reason for this is that cleared personnel often don’t know what types of events must be self-reported. At least two signal traces form a broadside-coupling region in which the conductive paths of the at least two signal traces are stacked along the orientation axis and spaced apart through the thickness and extend parallel to each other for a crosstalk-reducing distance. The open-ended conductors are configured to capacitively couple select mating conductors thereby providing a compensation region that is electrically parallel to the interconnection path. Unfortunately, even a well-written book cannot address all aspects of the clearance process. Many think that it’s unnecessary to report any unfavorable information until the next periodic reinvestigation for their clearance.
3) Is attending an annual family reunion “association with persons involved in criminal activity” if a drug-using cousin is also present?
Each circuit contact is separably engaged with and electrically connected to the terminating end portion of a corresponding one of the mating contacts such that the array of circuit contacts electrically connects the array of mating contacts to the printed circuit. There are dozens of Government agencies that grant security clearances, and each one has a slightly different process and interpretation of Government policy.
A mounting post extends outwardly from the support block in a direction that is non-parallel to the central longitudinal axis of the support block. The front signal trace conveys an electrical signal between the front wire terminal and the front mating contact.
The rear signal trace conveys an electrical signal between the rear wire terminal and the rear mating contact. An electro-mechanical compensation is positioned between the front signal trace and the rear signal trace to control crosstalk between the front signal trace and the rear signal trace.




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