Clearances

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.

Marijuana Use Can Still Be a Problem for Security Clearance Applicants

While marijuana has been legalized in some places, new guidance reminds clearance applicants that use can still be disqualifying.

Marijuana Use ‘Remains Relevant, But Not Determinative’ for Security Clearances

The increasing number of states and localities that have decriminalized marijuana prompted a guidance update. 

For Government Tech Workers, Certification Pays Off in Higher Salaries

This chart shows the average compensation for the top 10 IT certifications for cleared and certified professionals today.

What Federal Employees Need to Know About Evolving Marijuana Laws

New policies don’t mean federal workers should rush to their local dispensary, and national security leaders in particular are urging caution.

Benefits of a Security Clearance: Six-Figure Salary and Job Stability

A new survey of cleared professionals offers a window into their job satisfaction, compensation and future plans.

Joining the Biden Administration? Read This Before You Apply for a Clearance

The five things you need to do before submitting your SF-86 security clearance application.

Half of Security Clearance Holders Are Under Continuous Evaluation

If you have an active security clearance and you’re not currently enrolled in CE, you likely soon will be.

Your Security Clearance and Protests: What You Need to Know

You’re free to take to the streets or social media with your concerns—just don’t get arrested.

When Your Work Is Classified, ‘Work From Home’ Doesn’t Work

That’s just the start of the problems for defense employees, contract workers, and their bosses who are trying to take coronavirus precautions.

The Holiday Gifts That Could Get Feds In Trouble

Think twice about genetic testing kits and products derived from the cannabis plant.

The Pentagon Has Officially Taken Over the Security Clearance Process

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency is now responsible for conducting 95% of the government’s background investigations.

OPM Cuts Security Clearance Backlog in Half, But Processing Delays Spell Trouble for Pentagon

The National Background Investigations Bureau is barreling through the backlog of clearance applications as the Defense Department prepares to take over the function in October.