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State Department Student Interns Battle a Frustrating Security Clearance Process

May 24, 2017 Hiring managers recruiting entry-level talent know they don’t just have to sell young people a job, they have to convince them to embark on a hiring process that will push them far outside of their comfort zone. The question isn’t just how can we attract the best talent to government?...

The Government Wants You to Stop the Next Edward Snowden

May 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you have spent any time in Washington recently, you’re probably quite familiar with the ‘If you see something say something’ slogan promoted by the Homeland Security Department. For security clearance holders, the slogan is now more than a catchphrase. It’s a mandate. Security Executive Agent Directive 3, or SEAD...

The Government Wants You to Stop the Next Edward Snowden

May 18, 2017 If you have spent any time in Washington recently, you’re probably quite familiar with the ‘If you see something say something’ slogan promoted by the Homeland Security Department. For security clearance holders, the slogan is now more than a catchphrase. It’s a mandate. Security Executive Agent Directive 3, or SEAD...

The Government Wants You to Stop the Next Edward Snowden

May 17, 2017 If you have spent any time in Washington recently, you’re probably quite familiar with the ‘If you see something say something’ slogan promoted by the Homeland Security Department. For security clearance holders, the slogan is now more than a catchphrase. It’s a mandate. Security Executive Agent Directive 3, or SEAD...

OPM’s Telework Policy for Parents Is An Exercise in Distrust

January 31, 2017 I’ve been working from home exclusively for the past 6 years. I say it all the time, not really in jest, that I could never work in an office again. I just can’t wear real pants anymore. Like most work-from-home parents, I still have traditional office hours and great childcare....

The Top 10 Reasons People Are Denied a Security Clearance

January 24, 2017 In 2016, the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals held 1,142 security clearance appeals hearings. They made decisions on security clearance eligibility, placement into public trust positions and Common Access Card denials. If you are denied a security clearance or your security clearance is revoked due to adverse information that...

Why Donald Trump (and His Family) Won’t Be Subject to Security Clearance Background Checks

November 16, 2016 The campaign is finally over, but the questions continue to come in. In the aftermath of one of the most contentious political campaigns in recent history many people have expressed concerns about the president and the security clearance process. Here are three of the most recently asked questions, along with...

Why are More Employees Job Hopping?

October 26, 2016 A recent ClearanceJobs survey found 69 percent of cleared employers surveyed are likely to hire someone who has changed jobs in the past year. A separate survey of candidates found 47 percent of cleared candidates surveyed have been in their jobs less than 3 years. The term “job hopping” used...

Politicians and Security Clearances

July 27, 2016 Think your vote doesn’t matter? In addition to exercising your civic responsibility, you’re also carrying out a security responsibility, as well. Members of Congress don’t go through the same background investigation process as you or me. The process of election is considered a public seal of access. When you elect...

How to Prevent an Office Dispute From Sabotaging Your Security Clearance

July 21, 2016 Do you have annoying coworkers? A terrible boss? While you may be concerned your complicated workplace will one day make you fly off the handle and lose your job, if you have access to sensitive information (and most government workers do), then you should be concerned about more than a...