Leading the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency may be a job no one wants – but it’s an important one

COMMENTARY | “It’s vitally important that the Defense Department onboard the right person for the job, to continue to keep the workforce stabilized and growing,” writes one observer.

The Cure for What Ails the Government’s Security Clearance Process: Automation

Most, if not all, of the manual steps traditionally done by federal employees or contractors can now be done by modern technologies, writes one expert.

Congress Doesn’t Know How to Count the Number of National Security Professionals and That’s a Problem

Instead of addressing data security or IT policies around protecting classified information, Congress goes after numbers.

The Feds are Getting More Accurate Processing Timelines for Clearances

Lindy Kyzer joins the podcast to discuss the new status quo in the clearance process.

Background Investigation IT Systems Software Will Now Be Bought Through One Business

Software asset management and purchases for the IT system underpinning security clearance background investigations will be consolidated under a single commercial contractor.

Say Good-bye to the Security Clearance Status Quo

New reporting benchmarks and aggressive clearance processing timelines are some of the reforms underway.

There Are Ways to Improve the System of Classifying Documents

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the different ways that Congress and the National Archives are tackling problems like overclassification.

National Security Pay Increases in New Survey

Lindy Kyzer joins the podcast to discuss compensation and security clearances.

Reciprocity Remains As Key Clearance Issue

Intelligence community elements appear to have adopted a wait-and-see posture over efforts to construct a common platform that allows for agencies to treat security adjudications as a shared service.

The Federal Government Classifies Too Many Documents

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to talk about document management and Avril Haines's comments.

A New Proposal Would Make Federal Jobs Harder to Obtain for Insurrectionists, Easier for Former Drug Users

Reforms to employee suitability and fitness screening would make the process faster and safer for agencies, OPM says.

White House Defends Delay in Revealing Classified Documents at Biden Private Office and Home

Federal prosecutor Robert Hur will lead investigation to determine if president had mishandled classified material

Feds Mull Changes to Cannabis Questions on Vetting Forms

A plan to modernize intake forms for candidates for government service could include revisions to the type of questions asked about marijuana use.

How Social Media Can Come Back to Bite You During the Security Clearance Process

Lindy Kyzer joins the podcast to discuss networks like Twitter and Tiktok relates to the continuous vetting of employees working for the federal government.

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Hang-Ups That Can Hurt Your Cleared Career

Gone are the days when you could get a little too merry and hope your employer would never know.

Social Media Monitoring in the Security Clearance Process

What – if anything – is the government considering in an online search of security clearance applicants?