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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...

Need a New Security Clearance? Here Are 5 Things You Should Know

June 15, 2016 If you work for the government, you need to understand the security clearance process. Even if your current position doesn’t require a security clearance (and it’s hard to find one that doesn’t require at least a public trust), there’s a good chance you’ll come across clearance terminology in your workplace....

Five Things You Need to Know About the Security Clearance Process

June 15, 2016 If you work for the government, you need to understand the security clearance process. Even if your current position doesn’t require a security clearance (and it’s hard to find one that doesn’t require at least a public trust), there’s a good chance you’ll come across clearance terminology in your workplace....

Career Advice from the Trump Campaign Trail

June 10, 2016 Sick of campaign politics? So are we. That’s why we’re voting for #SecretSquirrel2016. Join the movement. Ask my 5-year old who he’s voting for in the 2016 election and his answer is decisive: “Donald Trumpet.” Despite his young age and limited screen time, he knows the name (almost) and can...