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Progress Is Finally Being Made on Security Clearance Backlog

April 24, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The security clearance backlog has been reduced by 32%, and is now down to just under 500,000 cases, according to National Background Investigations Bureau Director Charles Phalen, speaking before an audience of security professionals at the National Security Institute’s IMPACT seminar. Over the past year, officials at the Office of...

Progress Is Finally Being Made on Security Clearance Backlog

April 24, 2019 The security clearance backlog has been reduced by 32%, and is now down to just under 500,000 cases, according to National Background Investigations Bureau Director Charles Phalen, speaking before an audience of security professionals at the National Security Institute’s IMPACT seminar. Over the past year, officials at the Office of...

Progress Is Finally Being Made on Security Clearance Backlog

April 23, 2019 The security clearance backlog has been reduced by 32%, and is now down to just under 500,000 cases, according to National Background Investigations Bureau Director Charles Phalen, speaking before an audience of security professionals at the National Security Institute’s IMPACT seminar. Over the past year, officials at the Office of...

Criminal Referrals for Leaks of Sensitive Government Information Have Surged

April 19, 2019 Leaks are more than fodder for congressional debate and presidential tweets—leaks of classified information remains an ongoing and growing problem, with the number of criminal reports related to the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information surging over the past two years, according to Justice Department data recently obtained by the Federation...

If the Shutdown Derails Your Finances, It Could Affect Your Security Clearance

January 7, 2019 The government shutdown is entering day 16, and if you’re a national security employee, you’re probably still working. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you’re still getting a paycheck. While the Defense Department is working with appropriated funds, workers in the departments of Justice, State and elsewhere are now one pay period...

What You Need to Know Before Taking a Polygraph

December 10, 2018 A polygraph is a sweat-inducing made-for-TV spectacle that even the government considers to have dubious results (there is a reason polygraph findings aren’t admissible in court). But individuals in national security careers have to put aside their concerns about the reliability of a lie detector machine. Whether you’re applying for...

The Staggering Numbers Behind the Security Clearance Backlog

November 9, 2018 Is the backlog in security clearance background investigations finally getting better? The 2018 third quarter progress report released by the White House notes the National Background Investigations Bureau is on track to reduce the number of pending investigations to a steady state by 2021. While the three-year timeline may not...

The Government Can Access Your Credit Report, Even If You’ve Frozen It

November 8, 2018 Uncle Sam now has access to your credit report. Even if you’ve frozen it with the major credit bureaus. The National Background Investigations Bureau issued a Federal Investigations Notice in early October stipulating that it no longer has to ask applicants to unfreeze their credit prior to a federal government...

Amazon’s Reported Move Is Bad News for Federal Hiring Managers

November 6, 2018 The government’s struggle to attract talented technologists is about to get a lot harder. The New York Times reported on Monday that Amazon has decided to split its new $5 billion headquarters between Crystal City in Arlington, Va., and New York City. The news comes more than a year after...

The White House Can Revoke Anyone’s Security Clearance

July 24, 2018 Sen. Rand Paul made headlines Monday morning by suggesting the White House revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. Paul’s request came just a few days after a Fox News correspondent suggested John Brennan had politicized his security clearance and was using it to attack the White...