Clearances

Justice Department to Appeal Trump Special Master Order

Government prosecutors ask U.S. District Judge Cannon not to force them to hand over classified records seized in Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago while appeal is pending

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Lawsuit Spotlights How Difficult Search Warrants Are to Challenge – by a Criminal Suspect or An Ex-President – until Charges Are Brought

Trump’s lawsuit against the FBI has been criticized as baseless. But it spotlights a loophole in federal law that doesn’t protect people’s rights when they are subjected to a search warrant.

Prosecuting a President Is Divisive and Sometimes Destabilizing – Here’s Why Many Countries Do It Anyway

Both sweeping immunity and overzealous prosecutions of former leaders can undermine democracy. But such prosecutions pose different risks for older democracies like the U.S. than in younger ones.

You Don’t Have to Be a Spy to Violate the Espionage Act – and Other Crucial Facts about the Law Trump May Have Broken

Two national security law experts explain how the Espionage Act isn’t only about international intrigue, and share other important points about the law that was invoked in a search of Trump’s estate.

Here’s How Government Documents Are Classified to Keep Sensitive Information Safe

What are classified documents? Who gets to see them? What happens if they are released?

Dropping the Price Point for Doing Background Investigations May Help Improve Vetting

Reducing costs and improving investigation quality has been a key goal of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.

Security Clearance Experts Encourage National Security Workers to Seek Mental Health Treatment

The government and private sector are pushing to improve the narrative around mental health care.

GovExec Daily: The Security Clearance Process and Diversity

Lindy Kyzer joins the podcast to discuss how to get the best and most diverse talent into the intelligence community.

DOD to Debut Virtual Desktops for Certain Highly Classified Programs

The effort, which sunsets "Chinstrap" desktop hardware, has been a key priority in the Pentagon's CIO shop.

GovExec Daily: Tax Issues and Security Clearances

Lindy Kyzer joins the podcast to discuss financial problems that could derail a clearance seeker or clearance holder.

GovExec Daily: Security Clearances and Ukraine

Federal employment attorney Dan Meyer joins the podcast to talk about what cleared individuals should keep in mind while supporting Ukrainians.

GovExec Daily: Money Issues and Security Clearances

ClearanceJobs.com editor Lindy Kyzer joins the podcast to talk about how financial problems can derail the process.

Winning the War for Cyber – and Cyber Talent

A White House cyber director lacks budget and staff, and a cabinet-level "Department of Cybersecurity" risks alienating stakeholders, but there is a model already in place that could manage the "whole of government" cybersecurity approach.

OMB: This Is the Year for Security Clearance Reform

Jason Miller, deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget, a key leader in security clearance reform efforts, says to expect major milestones in 2022.

GovExec Daily: What Feds Need to Know About Clearances

Federal employment attorneys Elaine Fitch and Mary Kuntz join the podcast to discuss new information about the process of getting cleared.

GovExec Daily: Marijuana May Still Be a Problem for Security Clearances

Federal employment attorney Aaron Herreras Szot joins the podcast to discuss the climate around cannabis use and security concerns.