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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...

5 Tips for Attracting Young People to Government Careers

May 9, 2018 Getting a government job has frequently been referred to as an exercise in persistence. With lengthy time-to-hire stats and a security clearance process averaging between 200 and 500 days, entry-level professionals have long known if you need a job fast, you’re probably not going to work for the government. An...

You May Have to Wait 2 Years to Get That Security Clearance

May 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Security clearance reform is back in the news. Congressional testimony and proposed legislation is drawing attention to the problems with the security clearance process, including a backlog of pending cases which reached 725,000. But there is another number that is much smaller, but much more significant for those awaiting a...

You May Have to Wait 2 Years to Get That Security Clearance

May 3, 2018 Security clearance reform is back in the news. Congressional testimony and proposed legislation is drawing attention to the problems with the security clearance process, including a backlog of pending cases which reached 725,000. But there is another number that is much smaller, but much more significant for those awaiting a...

You May Have to Wait 2 Years to Get That Security Clearance

May 2, 2018 Security clearance reform is back in the news. Congressional testimony and proposed legislation is drawing attention to the problems with the security clearance process, including a backlog of pending cases which reached 725,000. But there is another number that is much smaller, but much more significant for those awaiting a...